India wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant’s first statement since his life in danger accident on December 30 feel the internet in a frenzy on monday.

“I am honored and grateful for all the support and well wishes”, Rishabh Pant wrote on Twitter. “I am pleased to inform you that my surgery was a success. The road to recovery has begun and I am ready for the challenges ahead.”

“I may not have been able to thank everyone individually, but I must thank these two heroes who helped me through my accident and made sure I got to the hospital safely. Rajat Kumar and Nishu Kumar, thank you. I will be forever grateful and indebted,” he added.

“From the bottom of my heart, I would also like to thank all my fans, teammates, doctors and physios for their kind words and encouragement. Hope to see you all on the pitch,” the left-hander said in another tweet.

The 25-year-old cricketer’s “road to recovery” post comes days after a report in a prominent cricket publication claimed he will not be available for the Indian Premier League (IPL)and the World Test Championship final in June.

The website claimed that all three ligaments in Rishabh Pant’s knee were damaged in the horrific car accident he suffered in Uttarakhand late last month.

Two of his ligaments have already been reconstructed after Pant underwent twin surgeries at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital in Mumbai. He will have to undergo surgery again after six weeks to fix his third ligament in his knee.

According to the news outlet, “all three ligaments in the knee (anterior cruciate ligament, posterior cruciate ligament, and medial collateral ligament, which are necessary for movement and stability) have been torn in Pant’s case. It is understood that in the recent surgery, both the PCL and MCL were reconstructed. Pant will need to undergo another surgery to rebuild his ACL, but doctors will wait at least six weeks before proceeding.”

As a result, Rishabh Pant is expected to sit out for a minimum of six months, leaving his October-November ODI World Cup squad in limbo.

Earlier, the BCCI announced that the 25-year-old cricketer had surgery on ligaments in his right knee after they were torn in the crash that took place last month while on his way to surprise his mother in Roorkee.

After undergoing initial treatment at Max Hospital in Dehradun, Rishabh Pant was airlifted to Mumbai by the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI).

Being a centrally contracted player, Rishabh Pant’s treatment is a prerogative of the BCCI and since his treatment did not go as expected in Dehradun, the cricket board of India decided to put him under the direct supervision of Dr. Dinshaw Pardiwala, Director of the Sports Medicine Center and Director of the Shoulder and Arthroscopy Service at the Mumbai-based hospital.

Dr. Dinshaw Pardiwala has previously treated other prominent names in Indian cricket including the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, current spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and 2011 World Cup winner Yuvraj Singh and other notable athletes from the country.

Widely regarded as the best batsman-wicketkeeper in the Tests, Rishabh Pant has scored 2169 runs in 54 innings at the whites, including five centuries and 10 half centuries. He has an impressive 73.10 strike rate and a 43.48 average in the longest format in the game.

Last month, he led India to a 2-0 defeat of Bangladesh in the Test series in the neighboring country. In the process, Rishabh Pant joined a select group of Indian wicketkeepers, including former captain MS Dhoni, in completing 4,000 runs in international cricket.

Members of the India team including coach Rahul Dravid and T20I captain Hardik Pandya wished Rishabh Pant a speedy recovery.

“Rishabh, I hope you are well. I hope you get better soon. Over the past year, I have had the privilege of watching you play some of the best innings in Indian Test history. Whenever we have been in difficult situations, you have the character to get out of very difficult situations. This is one of those challenges, I know you will bounce back like you have so many times this year. I hope to have you back soon my friend,” Rahul Dravid said in a video shared by the BCCI.

Hi Rishabh, just wanted to wish you a speedy recovery. I know you have been a fighter and things are not as you would have liked, but life is life. You will break all the doors and return as you always have. My love and my wishes are with you. The whole team and the nation are behind you,” said Hardik Pandya.

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