A source claims that India’s top wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant would likely play in all of 2023, including the next Indian Premier League season and the ODI World Cup later this year. Pant had damaged three ligaments in his knee while driving from Delhi to Roorkee on December 30, but he had managed to survive the collision. While two were rebuilt, the other will need surgery a month from now.

According to a source on ESPNCricinfo, Pant is expected to miss more than six months of action, significantly decreasing his chances of being selected for the ODI World Cup squad. The cricket player had surgery last week to rebuild his posterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament. Six weeks from now, Pant will have a second procedure when the anterior cruciate ligament will be rebuilt.

While BCCI has not yet provided an update on a rehabilitation timeframe for Pant, the report also states that the board members and selectors both concur that he would be sidelined for at least six months.

In early December of last year, Pant made his last appearance for India during a home series against Bangladesh. Pant is expected to miss two vital games for India, including the World Test Championship final and the next Border-Gavaskar series, which begins on February 9 in Nagpur. KS Bharat and Ishan Kishan were chosen by the selectors as the two wicketkeeper possibilities for the Australia series, with the former expected to be the top choice.

Pant, the captain of the Delhi Capitals, will also be sidelined for the IPL 2023, which starts on April 1.

Sourav Ganguly, the former head of the national cricket board, had said on Tuesday that Rishabh Pant wouldn’t be available for the IPL. “We’ll have a wonderful IPL season, but the Delhi Capitals’ loss of Rishabh Pant will hurt us,” the team said.