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Ricky Ponting ‘had grave fears that Rishabh Pant would never play’ cricket again

Ricky Ponting ‘had grave fears that Rishabh Pant would never play’ cricket again

Pant's stellar performance in the IPL 2024 earned him a coveted spot in India's T20 World Cup squad.

Rishabh Pant’s return to cricket after a horrific car accident in 2022 has been nothing short of extraordinary. Just months after the incident, Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting had grave fears that Pant might never play again.

Grueling recovery of Rishabh Pant

Speaking to the ICC review, Ricky Ponting recalled his initial concerns, “It’s been nothing short of spectacular… I spent a few months with him last year, only three or four months after his accident. And I had grave fears then that he would never play the game again.”

The physical and psychological toll of the accident was immense. “He was on crutches,” Ponting recounted, highlighting the severity of the injuries. However, Pant’s unwavering determination shone through. “He just looked at me and said, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll be right.’

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Rishabh Pant’s dedication to his recovery paid off. He returned to the Indian Premier League (IPL) not only fit to play but also in top form. He amassed an impressive 446 runs with a blistering strike rate, showcasing his signature attacking style. Furthermore, he silenced concerns about his wicket-keeping by claiming a joint-high 16 dismissals behind the stumps.

T20 World Cup Dream Realized

Rishabh Pant‘s stellar performance in the IPL 2024 earned him a coveted spot in India’s T20 World Cup squad. This selection came as no surprise to Ponting, who had immense faith in Pant’s abilities. “He’d be one of the first players picked,” Ponting confidently stated, and his prediction proved accurate.

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Remarkable Comeback: Inspiration for All

Pant’s journey from a potentially career-ending injury to a World Cup hopeful is a testament to his resilience and hard work. Ponting concluded by commending Pant’s fighting spirit, “It’s been a remarkable comeback, and hopefully he has a huge impact on this World Cup.”

Cricket fans around the world will be watching closely, eager to see what this remarkable talent can achieve on the biggest stage.

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