Pant's recovery earlier than anticipated, his background in gymnastics played huge role: NCA staff - The IPL 2023

Pant's recovery earlier than anticipated, his background in gymnastics played huge role: NCA staff

Rishabh Pant's mental strength and his background in gymnastics has helped the dashing wicketkeeper-batsman to make an early recovery.

Fifteen months after Pant was involved in a horrific car accident on the Delhi-Dehradun highway in December 2022, the wicketkeeper-batter received a green signal to play in the IPL, starting March 22.

“The mental strength and confidence inside him made us give our 100 per cent in doing the rehab part for him,” Thulasi Yuvraj, a physiotherapist at the National Cricket Academy told “” “The doctors believed that he may take up to two years. Once he came to NCA, it was like a progressive phase for him,†he added.

Pant had dabbled in gymnastics at a young age and that served as an asset in his recovery, according to Nishanta Bordoloi, the strength and conditioning coach at NCA, “One thing was that Rishabh has a background for gymnastic which was a very very big asset for us because there are a few things that come naturally to him,†Bordoloi said.

“Anytime he would feel he couldn’t move; he could tumble or roll over back to his feet again. Which was so much of an added advantage for him.

“The beginning phase was to get foundational strength in him, making his body understand what the movements are like.

“It's completely reconstructed thing and once it's reconstructed it takes a lot of mind and body connection. The neural system needs to understand, the muscle, tendons have to function,†he added.

Although Pant left no stone unturned, ticking all the boxes, the 26-year-old found the rehab mundane.

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“Rehab is very irritating, having to do the same thing again and again. But you have to do it because you don't have any other choice. It's boring but the more you do the better you get,†said Pant.

But returning to the cricket field has made him love the sport more than he could imagine.

“I feel so happy when I go to the ground. The love of cricket has gone up, I used to love it more than anything before but still there is an increase.†His treating doctor, renowned orthopedic surgeon Dinshaw Pardiwala has credited the NCA staff and the cricketer’s extreme motivation for his comeback.

“NCA keeping a physio with him daily. Making sure the determination and intensity was there each and every day. He has returned so quickly, six months earlier than anticipated. It is because of his drive, his extreme motivation and also, he expertise in rehab aspect,†Pardiwal said.

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