Rishabh Pant, Delhi Capital’s captain, will not be able to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) due to an injury.
The Director of Cricket for the team has confirmed that Pant was involved in a car accident on December 30th, and as a result, he will be out for an extended period of time.
The team is now searching for a new captain to take his place while he is recovering. India’s wicketkeeper and the captain of Delhi Capitals, Rishabh Pant, underwent surgery on his knee on Friday.
He sustained tears in his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) which required surgery. The 25-year-old is expected to miss a significant amount of time recovering from the injuries.
Will this be a setback for Rishabh Pant?
Rishabh Pant’s injuries will not only prevent him from playing in the upcoming IPL 2023 but also makes his participation in the upcoming major events such as the Asia Cup 2023 (September) and the ICC ODI World Cup (October-November) uncertain.
This is a setback for both team and the player and it will require a significant amount of time for recovery. The surgery Rishabh Pant underwent to repair his knee injuries was a complex procedure, involving both an ACL and MCL surgery.
The operation was performed by Dr. Dinshaw Pardiwala at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai, India.
Rishabh Pant recovery process is expected to take a minimum of four months to recover from the surgeries, and it may take him another two months to regain full match fitness. It’s a setback for the player and team, and it will take a lot of time and rehabilitation work to get him back on the field.
How is BCCI helping Rishabh Pant?
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is fully supporting Rishabh Pant during this difficult time, by not only covering all his medical expenses but also taking care of his commercial interests.
Despite missing the IPL 2023, BCCI will pay his full INR 16 Crores salary from Delhi Capitals and also pay him his INR 5 Crores central contract payments in full. This shows the Board’s commitment to taking care of its players and supporting them during difficult times.
It is important to note that all players who are on BCCI’s central contract are insured. According to the norms of the BCCI, if a centrally contracted player misses the IPL due to injury, the board will pay their salary in full.
In this case, it is not the concerned franchise but the insurance company that will cover the expenses for the player’s salary and all related medical bills. This is a standard practice put in place by the BCCI to protect its players from financial insecurity in case of unexpected injuries.