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Rishabh Pant Gets Surprise Visit During Recovery
Rishabh Pant has had a tough start to the year, but he's surrounded by some amazing friends who have been there to support him every step of the way. After a terrible car accident on December 30, 2022, the star wicketkeeper batter has been working hard to recover from his injuries. And it looks like he has some incredible people in his corner.
On Saturday, March 25, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, and Sreesanth paid a surprise visit to Pant's house to check in on him. The trio spent time with the young cricketer, chatting and taking pictures.
A Visit Shared
Raina shared a photo of their visit on Twitter with the caption, "Brotherhood is everything. Family is where our heart is. Wishing our brother Rishabh Pant the very best and fast recovery."
In the photo, fans can see Pant looking relaxed and happy, despite the bandage on his right knee. It's clear that the visit from his friends lifted his spirits and provided him with some much-needed support during this difficult time.
Sreesanth also shared a post on Instagram, expressing his love and admiration for Pant, saying, "Rishab Pant, I love you, my brother, for who you are - keep believing and keep inspiring." Meanwhile, Harbhajan Singh tweeted his support for Pant, saying, "Trust and know there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle you face. Good to see you, Chotte Bhai. Waiting for your comeback."
Pant's Other Recovery Updates
Pant has been keeping fans updated on his progress via social media, sharing videos of his physiotherapy sessions and other activities. He's been undergoing three sessions of physiotherapy a day and recently posted about a walking session inside a swimming pool under the guidance of his physio.
While there's no set timeline for Pant's recovery, reports say he will miss the upcoming IPL 2023 campaign and the ODI World Cup later this year. In Pant's absence, David Warner will lead the Delhi Capitals, with Axar Patel as his deputy.
Warner's Well Wishes
On the note of Pant's stand-in, Warner also sent a heartfelt message to the recovering player. The Australian cricketer admitted that he has big shoes to fill in Pant's absence and shared some kind words for the Indian cricketer.
"We are motivated every season, but we are motivated even more to lift the title this year in your absence. We are going to be on the journey of your recovery with you. We are going to send some special messages and hopefully, you can come to one of our games," Warner said in a statement issued by the franchise. "On behalf of the DC family, I would like to wish you all the best and a speedy recovery."
Warner was a part of the Delhi franchise from 2009 to 2013 before moving on to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) from 2014 to 2021. He led SRH to the title in 2016 before returning to Delhi in 2022. The Australian opener is the third-leading scorer in IPL history with 5881 runs and has won the Orange cap on three occasions.
The Delhi Capitals will open their IPL campaign against the Lucknow Super Giants in Lucknow on April 2. With Pant still recovering, Warner will look to replicate last season's form and lead the franchise to their elusive IPL title.