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Rishabh Pant opens up on his time at the NCA during recovery from injury
By SMCS - Mar 13, 2024 11:50 am
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Talented Indian wicket-keeper batter Rishabh Pant expressed how he used to feel frustrated during his recovery from injury and how the National Cricket Academy (NCA) helped him overcome that. However, he suffered a horrific car accident in December 2022, leading to multiple injuries, including a ligament tear on his right knee as well. , Pant underwent surgeries and endured a long road to recovery with an extended rehabilitation period at the NCA as well. And, after a long time, he was certified fit by the academy and he will return to action in the upcoming 2024 IPL.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant missed the DRS

Speaking to TOI, Pant said, “Mostly, I had conversations with VVS Laxman (NCA head) about life in general. There was so much frustration. I used to be frustrated even if someone tried speaking with me. Sometimes, you take it out on people without any fault of theirs. NCA helped me deal with that as time passed by. There were certain gestures that were very important. For example, I wanted to stay at a house instead of a hotel room in Bengaluru. They accommodated that. These small gestures made a lot of difference.”

Rishabh Pant also thanked the BCCI for declaring him fit and for their assistance during the recovery process as well.

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“I was anxious waiting to be declared fit. I was trying to get fit before the Test series against England. BCCI and NCA were very helpful. BCCI secretary Jay Shah took personal interest. They didn’t want to rush me to the longest format. They slowly built up the workload. That was the best part of the recovery. You have to appreciate it if someone takes care of you like that. They suggested that I start with T20s and then increase the workload,” added Rishabh Pant.

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Rishabh Pant was disappointed after his dismissal

Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant also revealed that he ate different varieties of food to keep himself energized and sane in the first part of his recovery as well. He had a long injury layoff of 14 months during his road to recovery. Yet, Pant shared how he worked hard and shifted his focus to getting back to optimum fitness with a nutritionist as well. However, Pant last played for India in the away Test series against Bangladesh and he is likely to return in action against the Punjab Kings on March 23.

“I decided to have a blast because when you are on the road while playing, you have to be eating in a certain way to be in a certain physical shape. I had planned it in my mind how I had to go forward and I had absolute clarity about it. For the first few months, I was enjoying myself when it came to food because that was the only thing that kept me sane. I was so frustrated that I thought I can’t deny myself a good meal. There was nothing much I could have done,” concluded Rishabh Pant. “But later on, I started working very hard on my fitness and nutrition. We now have a dedicated team looking after my nutrition. I gave myself about three months of intense workout. I know I am strongly built to endure that. I just had to get rid of a little bit of extra weight and nutrition played a key role in that.”