Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president and ex-captain Sourav Ganguly confirmed that talented wicketkeeper batter Rishabh Pant will miss the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 and his absence will definitely affect his Indian Premier League side – Delhi Capitals (DC).
However, Pant is being treated at the Kokilaben Ambani Hospital, and he needs another three to four months for his ligament injury gets healed. Meanwhile, the IPL 2023 season is all set to begin in the last week of March where Pant is the captain of the Delhi Capitals in the IPL, and reports suggest that if he is unable to play in the upcoming season, Australian David Warner may step in as the skipper as well.
“It will take time to heal. We cannot do anything. It’s an accident. He is just 23. He has got a lot of time. Rishabh Pant will not be available for the IPL. I am in connection with DC. It will be a great IPL. We will do well. Pant’s injury will affect DC,” Sourav Ganguly told reporters in Kolkata.
On the other hand, after stepping down as BCCI president last year, Sourav Ganguly is likely to join DC as Director of Cricket. Pant, 25, met an accident while driving alone on the Delhi-Dehradun highway on December 30 when his car collided with a divider. He was able to get out of the car before it caught fire as well. He was transferred to a private hospital in Dehradun and after that, the BCCI decided to airlift him to Mumbai to continue his treatment as well.
“Rishabh has two cuts on his forehead, a ligament tear in his right knee and has also hurt his right wrist, ankle, toe and has suffered abrasion injuries on his back,” the BCCI said in a statement recently.