An employee of Haryana Roadways named Sushil Kumar, who was operating a passenger bus on the opposite side of the road when the accident occurred, saved India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant from his automobile accident on Friday morning.
Pant, 25, is being treated at a hospital in Dehradun for a number of injuries, but an MRI of his brain and spine revealed no abnormalities, and his status remained stable. Due to pain and swelling, MRI scans of his ankle and knee were postponed until the next day.
According to the police, the accident happened at 5.30 am when Pant’s car hit the road divider, flipped over, and caught fire. He was travelling from Delhi to his birthplace of Roorkee in the state of Uttarakhand.
Kumar said to Hindustan Times, “I am a driver with Haryana Roadways, Panipat depot. “At 4.25 in the morning, our bus departed from Haridwar. As I was travelling, I witnessed a fast-moving automobile lose control and strike the divider.
The car hit the incorrect side of the road, the one leading to Delhi, and came to rest there. When I noticed that the automobile had squealed into the second lane of the highway, I immediately engaged the brakes.
I hurried to get him out of the car with the conductor since it had already started to spark. By that time, the fire had begun. Then, three more people sprang into action and secured his safety.
“When I dialled the National Highway, nobody picked up. I then dialled the police, and the operator requested an ambulance. We repeatedly asked him if he was okay. He was given some water. He informed us of his identity after regaining his composure. Since I don’t watch cricket, I had no idea who he was until my conductor, Paramjeet, informed me that Sushal was an Indian cricketer.
“We were given his mother’s phone number. When we tried to call her, her phone was off. After waiting for 15 minutes, the ambulance arrived, and we boarded it. I inquired as to whether he was riding alone. There is no one, he claimed.”
Before being sent to the Max Hospital in Dehradun, Pant received impact injury treatment at a nearby hospital first, Saksham Hospital Multispecialty and Trauma Centre.
The India teams for the T20I and ODI home series against Sri Lanka, which starts on January 3, did not include Pant. Prior to the Test series against Australia in February, he was scheduled to travel to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru for strength and conditioning.
His most recent performance was a match-winning 93-run innings in India’s 2-0 series victory against Bangladesh in the second Test at Mirpur.