Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is on the road to regaining top fitness after his tragic accident in December last year. Started batting and keeping the ball in the nets but is set to miss the upcoming ODI World Cup.
The absence of the ball upset Team India’s balance as the Rohit Sharma-led side failed to find a suitable replacement. They went down with KS Bharat in the WTC final but failed to impress the keeper-batsman. The team is currently preparing Ishan Kishan as the backup keeper of the ball.
While the exact date for Rishabh Pant’s return cannot be predicted, Ishant Sharma feels the pacer will miss next year’s IPL as well. Ishant said Ball’s injury is serious and it will take some time to get back to normal.
Ishant Sharma confirmed that Rishabh Pant will miss the ODI World Cup
“I feel that Rishabh Pant will not be seen in the next IPL either because it is not a minor injury. It was a very serious accident. He has just started batting and wicket-keeping and after that there is a lot of running and turning, which is not easy for a wicket-keeper and batting,” Ishant said in a Geo movie.
“The good thing is he didn’t have a second surgery. Had he had a second surgery, he would have been out longer. He has had an operation now, but I don’t think he will definitely be fit for the World Cup. Hopefully if he gets fit for the IPL it will be good,” he added.
If Pant misses the IPL again, it will be a huge blow for Delhi Capitals, who led Delhi Capitals last season and finished second last season. Although Ishan has taken his place in limited-overs cricket, Team India also wants Ball to get fit again as the team is not sure if he will be up to the challenges of Test cricket.