Rishabh Pant briefly graced the M Chinnaswamy Stadium during India’s training session ahead of the third and final T20I against Afghanistan. The 26-year-old cricketer, donning a black t-shirt and shorts, exuded an upbeat demeanor as he engaged in light-hearted banter with teammates, including Virat Kohli. The camaraderie involved playful antics, including shirt-tugging and hearty laughter.
Despite the jovial atmosphere, Rishabh Pant’s physical state was noticeable. While engaging with players like Rinku Singh, Shivam Dube, and Rohit Sharma, Pant exhibited a slight hobble, suggesting that he might not be entirely comfortable walking. Although he shadow-practiced with a bat, the signs indicated that he was not yet at 100% fitness.
Rishabh Pant has been undergoing rehabilitation at the BCCI’s National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, aiming to recover from a car accident that occurred just over a year ago. The accident resulted in the tearing of all three crucial ligaments in his right knee. Over the past year, Pant has undergone three successful reconstructive surgeries on the ligaments.
Here is the video of Rishabh Pant meeting Virat Kohli:
Virat Kohli and Rishabh pant at Chinnaswamy Stadium 😍🔥 pic.twitter.com/VnjwvBOnTo
— Virat Kohli Fan Club (@Trend_VKohli) January 16, 2024
Rishabh Pant joined the Indian team practice session for a bit in Bengaluru ahead of the third #INDvAFG T20I. He chatted with Virat Kohli and the others, also shadow-practicing a few shots before heading off. pic.twitter.com/0uFOtwjIW5
— Ashish Pant (@ashishpant43) January 16, 2024
Despite his ongoing recovery, he has shared glimpses of his training on social media. The talented cricketer is anticipated to make his competitive return during IPL 2024, representing the Delhi Capitals. The extent of his role, particularly whether he will resume duties as a wicketkeeper-batter, remains uncertain.
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Rishabh Pant participated in a Capitals camp held in Kolkata in November last year and was also present at the IPL 2024 auction in Dubai in December as part of the Capitals contingent. As he continues his rehabilitation journey, fans eagerly await Pant’s return to the field, hopeful for his swift and complete recovery.