India wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant is currently on the road to recovery after surviving a horrific car crash.
On 30th December 2022, Pant’s car collided with a divider on the Delhi-Dehradun expressway and caught fire, forcing him to break the car window and get out of the vehicle.
As a result, the southpaw sustained multiple injuries and he is currently undergoing rehabilitation, which is likely to keep him out of action for the major chunk of 2023.
Having encountered a near-fatal car accident himself, West Indies batter Nicholas Pooran is aware of Rishabh Pant’s trauma at the moment.
Pooran was hospitalised more than eight years ago after meeting a car accident and had taken him seven months to start walking again. The Caribbean left-hander said he is in touch with Rishabh.
“It’s very challenging. It’s one where no one understands. Sometimes, I can remember… I have been chatting with Rishabh obviously. Both of us have a really good relationship.
“But there are times when you go into a place where you’re very depressed, and frustrated, because you want the healing process to happen so fast. But it’s difficult,” Pooran said ahead of Lucknow Super Giants’ clash against Punjab Kings on Saturday (April 15).
The recovery could take longer than expected and one needs to deal with it patiently, said Pooran.
“Sometimes you don’t see progress. In life, you want to see progress, you want it to happen so fast, but it doesn’t happen the whole time. It’s very challenging, but need to believe in yourself.”
“Need to believe that whatever happened, happened for a reason. Can’t question it, because you won’t get an answer. You need to believe in your God as well. Have faith in yourself, have faith in your hard work.”
In the end, Nicholas Pooran said Rishabh Pant is a strong guy and he will come out of this testing phase with flying colours.
"As soon as you see… that first step you take, once you can see that improvement, I think that's when you become motivated," he said.
"Rishabh will come out of this. He's a strong guy. He will come out of this. And he will be better. You just need to believe in yourself; he needs to spend time with himself and understand who are the people for him and who is against him. This is where you know who are your family and who are your friends.
"It's a difficult period in anyone's life. Everyone has different challenges. Challenges come in different forms and ways. But it's a blessing in disguise [in a way], and you'll figure it out. Everyone goes through challenges. He'll get back up."