The Board of Control for Cricket In India (BCCI), on Friday, issued medical and fitness updates on five Indian players currently undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, including Rishabh Pant.
The Indian cricket team has been missing the services of their ace pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Prasidh Krishna, top batters KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer, and wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant, for a long time as they were recovering from different kind of injuries.
Their absence forced the Indian team to look for alternative options to fill in their shoes over this period of time, but nobody has been able to replicate the success these players have had for the national team. Finally, there is some good news for the fans and the Indian team management as well, as the BCCI Medical team has given a very positive response about their recovery.
According to the team, Bumrah and Krishna are in the final stages of their rehabilitation. They are also bowling with full intensity in the nets and are supposed to play some practice games that the NCA will organise. The BCCI Medical Team will then make a final decision based on their assessment after the practice games.
As far as the updates on Iyer and Rahul go, both batters have resumed batting in the nets. They are also undergoing strength and fitness drills. The medical team is monitoring their progress and they will test them by increasing the intensity of their strength and fitness drills.
Rishabh Pant in race against time
Last but not the least, Rishabh Pant is the player the fans are eagerly waiting to see back in the field. He suffered a horrific car accident earlier this year while driving back to his home from Uttarakhand and he has been undergoing rehabilitation since then. It has already been about six months since he has been sidelined, but he has resumed batting as well as keeping in the nets now. His fitness programme currently stresses on increasing his strength, flexibility, and running, all of which are ideal requisites for a wicketkeeper-batter.
If Rishabh Pant manages to recover before the World Cup coming up in October, it will be a big boost to India's chances of winning the competition. Bumrah's presence will also make a world of difference to the Indian team as he has been a very dependable new ball and death overs weapon for them. Rahul and Iyer have been in and out of the team throughout their careers, but Rahul had established himself as a vital cog of the Indian middle-order in ODIs in the last two years.
The recovery of these five players will be a big news for the Indian team management and the fans alike. Their sheer quality and experience will add a lot of depth to India's World Cup squad.