India keeper-batter Rishabh Pant might make a comeback much sooner than expected. The keeper-batter has been toiling hard in the training session and is making sure that he returns to competitive cricket as soon as possible.
Rishabh Pant ever since has suffered a tragic accident has been updating his fans about his progress. The keeper-batter is nearing full fitness and recently there have been reports that suggested that the BCCI is looking at the IPL window for the left-hander’s comeback.
Rishabh Pant on Monday (12th February) shared a fitness update about himself. He drew a comparison with the time when he walked with the help of crutches. The keeper-batter also posted a motivational message for himself and uploaded the video on his Instagram account and Twitter handle.
He stated: “Seems like you forgot. Let me remind you… Remember when it was hard and it was overwhelming and you felt afraid and still walked alone? You didn’t have the answers then and couldn’t see the way and wanted to give up? You still kept going. Never forget that.”
In the clip, Rishabh Pant can be seen doing running drills without any discomfort. The keeper-batter also was seen sprinting, which is nothing but gives an indication that he is on the verge of attaining full fitness.
Here’s the video:
Seems like you forgot.
Let me remind you…
Remember when it was hard and it was overwhelming and you felt afraid and still walked alone?
You didn’t have the answers then and couldn’t see the way and wanted to give up?
You still kept going.
— Rishabh Pant (@RishabhPant17) February 12, 2024
In another clip that has gone viral on the internet, Rishabh Pant can be seen batting in the nets as well. The keeper-batter is witnessed playing a big shot but he misses the ball. This gives an indication that he has started his batting too in full throttle.
Here’s the video:
Here is the video may be shaken but happy to see pant back 😀 pic.twitter.com/96K7PJqIc7
— Saifanofsports🏏🎤🖋️ 🌱💂🎬 (@SaiKris75286313) February 12, 2024
Rishabh Pant is currently at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. The keeper-batter since the past few months has been undergoing various different types of exercises. He underwent knee surgery after the accident and underwent various drills to regain full fitness.
Rishabh Pant is very confident that he’s going to be right to play – DC head coach Ricky Ponting
Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting recently shared an update about Rishabh Pant playing in the IPL. He said that keeper-batter is confident of playing but he isn’t sure if he will be able to keep wickets or not.
Ricky Ponting hailed Rishabh Pant as a dynamic player and stated that keeper-batter is ready to bat at No.4. Speaking about the same, he elaborated:
“Rishabh is very confident that he’s going to be right to play.In what capacity we’re not quite sure yet. You would have seen all the social-media stuff, he’s up and about and running well. But in saying that we’re only six weeks away from the first game as well. So we’re not sure if we’ll get wicketkeeping out of him this year.
“But I’ll guarantee if I asked him now he’ll say, ‘I’m playing every game, I’m keeping every game and I’m batting at No.4.’ That’s just what he’s like, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed. He’s such a dynamic player. He’s obviously our captain. We missed him incredibly last year.”
If fully fit then Rishabh Pant might even captain Delhi Capitals in the IPL 2024. The tournament reportedly is all set to take place from March 22.