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    Indian cricket star Pant thanks ‘heroes’ after crash

    AP – Indian cricket star Rishabh Pant has thanked “two heroes” who helped get him to hospital after his car crashed into a road divider and caught fire.

    In his first public comments since the accident, Pant said he would be “forever grateful and indebted” to Rajat Kumar and Nishu Kumar, posting a photo of the duo at his hospital bed.

    “I may not have been able to thank everyone individually, but I must acknowledge these two heroes who helped me during my accident and ensured I got to the hospital safely,” Pant said on Twitter late on Monday.

    “Rajat Kumar and Nishu Kumar, thank you. I’ll be forever grateful and indebted.”

    The wicketkeeper-batsman crashed his Mercedes SUV north of New Delhi before dawn on December 30. He suffered injuries when the car rammed into a crash barrier, flipped over and caught fire.

    The 25-year-old was rushed to a local hospital in Dehradun before being airlifted to Mumbai for further treatment and surgery.

    The Indian cricket board said that Pant suffered several injuries including a damaged ligament in his right knee, a hurt wrist and ankle, and abrasions on his back.

    Pant tweeted on Monday that his “road to recovery” had now begun and that an operation – reportedly on his knee – “was a success”.

    “I am humbled and grateful for all the support and good wishes… The road to recovery has begun and I am ready for the challenges ahead,” he tweeted.

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