Rishabh Pant facing 140kph-plus in nets at NCA; KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer nearing full-fitness

Rishabh Pant is making remarkable recovery as he continues his rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru after suffering a horrific car crash in December 2022. The southpaw has been posting updates of his recovery through his social media platforms but it is understood that Pant is now facing deliveries at nets with speed excess to 140 kmph at the NCA. Pant had started taking throwdowns last month but over the course of the last couple of weeks, the speed of the deliveries has only increased.

Notably, Pant is facing no issues whatsoever in taking down quicker deliveries and is comfortable with small movements. He has also started to keep wickets with lesser intensity. However, larger and quicker body movements are still a distant task for the 25-year-old, though the medical staff and trainers are confident that he would achieve it in the next couple of months. Pant has taken surprised everyone, especially those who are working with him on a daily basis, with his eye-catching recovery.

“Rishabh has been making a fine recovery. He has started to take on deliveries with speed excess to 140 kmph. We all are delighted with the way he has been crossing every hurdle in his recovery. He is keeping well. His next target will be to focus on larger and quicker body movements, which we aim to achieve in the next couple of months,” a source at the NCA told RevSportz.

The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) had said Pant suffered cuts to his forehead, tore a ligament on his right knee, besides injuring his right wrist, ankle and toe. He also had abrasion injuries on his back.

Meanwhile, all eyes are on KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer’s recovery as well. Both the players have started batting at the nets, as shared on their respective social media handles. Though both of them are not yet 100 per cent, they are nearing full fitness, and in all likelihood, will play a key role for the Indian team in the upcoming ODI World Cup in October-November. However, it remains to be seen whether both or either of them are named in the squad for the Asia Cup to be played in August-September. Don’t rule them out yet. 

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