India star cricketer Rishabh Pant was on his way to surprise his mother ahead of New Year when he met with the accident on the Delhi-Dehradun highway, Dr Sushil Nagar of the Saksham Hospital, where he was rushed to, has revealed.
Pant escaped the near-fatal accident on Friday with burn injuries among others that will require plastic surgeries and he could be airlifted to Delhi if required. Nagar revealed that the player was headed home to pay the surprise visit to his mother and was returning from Delhi to Roorkee when his car collided with the divider on the Narsan border near Hammadpur Jhal around 5.30 am.
“When he was admitted here, he was critical. But our team responded with quick treatment. We also did his X-Rays, there was no bone injuries rather a ligament injury in his right knee, which will become more clear after MRI reports,” Nagar told ANI.
“There were two open wounds on forehead and abrasions on his waist. There was nothing life-threatening. He was conscious and talking well. I asked him why he was driving at that point of time early morning. He said that he was going to pay a surprise visit to his mother,” Nagar added.
The 25-year-old cricketer narrowly escaped death after his high-end vehicle smashed into a road barrier and caught fire on the highway. According to reports, he had dozed off on the wheel.
SK Singh the Superintendent of Police, Haridwar (Rural) on Friday said:”He was going to Roorkee to meet his relatives. The accident happened because he fell asleep at the wheel a kilometre ahead of Narsan towards Roorkee.”
“Cricketer Rishabh Pant is under the observation of Orthopedics and plastic surgeons. His condition is stable. A detailed medical bulletin will be released once he’s examined. Thereafter, we’ll take the next steps,” said Dr Ashish Yagnik of Max Hospital, Dehradun, where he was later shifted to.