The Indian cricket spectrum rejoiced when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that Rishabh Pant had resumed batting practice for the first time since his fatal car accident in December last year. However, veteran Delhi Capitals pacer Ishant Sharma is not so optimistic about the ball’s comeback. In fact, Pant is not expected to be fully fit and the Lankan pacer is not expected to be available in next year’s IPL as well. However, Ishant is relieved that the ball returned quickly as he did not undergo a second surgery.
On December 30, Pant’s car crashed on the Delhi-Dehradun highway, leaving the wicketkeeper-batsman with major burns and cuts on his body. With the resumption of batting and wicket-keeping, the ball’s return date still seems a long way off.
“Rishabh Pant may not be seen in the next IPL either.
“The good thing is that he didn’t have a second surgery, if he had a second surgery, he would have been out longer. He has had a surgery now, but I don’t think he will be fit for the World Cup. It would be great if he gets fit for the IPL,” added Ishant.
In the absence of the ball, David Warner led the Delhi Capitals team in the IPL 2023 season. The franchise endured one of its worst campaigns, finishing 9th in the points table. Another season without the marquee wicket-keeper batsman will spell more trouble for the franchise.
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