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How Rishabh Pant was rescued: ‘The car had already caught sparks so I and the conductor rushed to get him out’

Sushil Kumar, a Haryana Roadways employee driving a passenger bus on the opposite side of the street at the time of the collision, intervened to save India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant from the car crash on Friday morning. Pant received help from several people, including Sushil and the bus conductor Paramjeet, to exit his car.

Pant, 25, is being treated for a multitude of injuries at a hospital in Dehradun; nevertheless, an MRI of his brain and spine showed no anomalies, and his condition remained stable. His ankle and knee MRI testing were put off till the next day due to pain and edoema.

The accident occurred at 5.30 am, when Pant’s automobile crashed into a road barrier, flipped over, and caught fire, according to the police. He was travelling from Delhi to Roorkee, which is in the state of Uttarakhand, where he was born.

I am a driver with Haryana Roadways, Panipat depot,” Kumar told Hindustan Times. From Haridwar, our bus departed at 4.25 in the morning. While I was travelling, I saw a fast-moving car lose control and hit the divider. The wrong side of the road, the one headed to Delhi, was struck by the car, which came to rest there.

I slammed on the brakes as soon as I saw the car had squealed onto the outside lane of the highway. It had already started to catch fire, so I hastened to get him and the conductor out of the vehicle. The fire had started at that point. Then three more people sprung into action and protected him.

I tried to call the National Highway, but no one answered. I then called the police and asked for an ambulance from the operator. We kept asking him whether he was alright. Water was handed to him. He regained his calm and told us who he was.

I didn’t know who he was since I don’t follow cricket until my conductor, Paramjeet, told me that Sushal was an India cricket player. He provided us with his mother’s phone number. Her phone was off when we tried to contact.

We waited for the ambulance to come for 15 minutes before boarding it. I asked if he was travelling by himself. He said that there is no one. Pant first underwent impact damage treatment at a neighbouring hospital, Saksham Hospital Multispecialty and Trauma Centre, before being sent to the Max Hospital in Dehradun.

Pant was not a member of the Indian squads for the upcoming home T20I and ODI series against Sri Lanka, which begins on January 3. He was supposed to go to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru for strength and conditioning before the Test series against Australia in February.

His most recent performance came during India’s 2-0 series triumph against Bangladesh in the second Test at Mirpur, when he scored a match-winning 93-run innings.

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