Rishabh Pant recovering faster than expected, Jasprit Bumrah and Shreyas Iyer expected for Asia Cup 2023

Rishabh Pant last played for India during their tour of Bangladesh in December 2022

India’s explosive wicket-keeping batsman Rishabh Pant is recovering faster than he was expected to by the medical experts at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore as well as the board of control for cricket in India, BCCI. 

According to ESPNcricinfo, Rishabh Pant is currently in Bangalore at the NCA where he is undergoing rehabilitation after surviving a horrific car crash late last year and since then he has been on a long road to recovery. 

The report added that the Indian cricket board is trying to fastrack Rishabh Pant’s recovery and get him ready for the ODI World Cup this year which India will be hosting in October November, the process is likely to last longer than BCCI expects.

The prospect of not being able to play any cricket at all in the year 2023 has, however, not affected Rishabh Pant at all who has recently started to work without any help of support as well as started taking stairs.

The report added that the aggressive India wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who could also be seen as a captaincy option in the long run, is largely pain-free but still work is something that is not taking place anytime soon. 

He is currently working on increasing mobility in his lower body as well as upper body under the guidance of physiotherapist S Rajinikanth, who has in the past worked with cricketers such as Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Murali Vijay.

Meanwhile, India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah and middle order batting mainstay Shreyas Iyer who had both undergone back surgeries and missed the World Test Championship final against Australia as well as the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, are at the NCA for their respective recoveries.

It has been reported that the NCA medical staff is positive that both Jasprit Bumrah and Shreyas Iyer will be available for selection in the Indian squad for the Asia Cup 2023, for which dates were announced today on June 15.

Jasprit Bumrah has missed a lot of cricket for India including the last year’s T20 World Cup in Australia but has started to do light bowling ahead of important assignments such as the 50 over World Cup. 

The report added that Jasprit Bumrah is mostly concentrated on doing physiotherapy but has also started billing likely, which is expected to be increased gradually.

Shreyas Iyer too has had a back surgery and has been working on his physiotherapy program at the NCA in Bangalore. His absence has been particularly felt in the Test and the ODI Indian sides, which have not done well in the format in their recent matches.