Indian cricket star Rishabh Pant has been left with serious injuries after crashing his car in the northern state of Uttarakhand, India.
The wicket-keeper and left-handed batsman “dozed off” behind the wheel of his Mercedes SUV, according to police, causing the vehicle to flip and sustain severe damage.
Pant’s vehicle hit a median strip before flipping twice and bursting into flames. Photographs show the extent of the damage, with the Mercedes vehicle twisted and in pieces in the middle of the road.
Video footage also shows the scene not long after the crash occurred. Pant is seen covered in blood as locals come to his aid.
Pant is a huge star in India, having played for the country’s Test side and in the one-day formats. He is also a household name in the Indian Premier League, where he plays for the Delhi Capitals.
Pant was taken to a nearby hospital to have his injuries treated.
Jay Shah, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, released a statement explaining the extent of the injuries.
He said: “Rishabh has two cuts on his forehead, a ligament tear in his right knee and has also hurt his right wrist, ankle, toe and has suffered abrasion injuries on his back.
“Rishabh’s condition remains stable.”
Mr Shah added that Pant will undergo MRI scans to establish how severe the injuries are.
A Delhi Capitals statement published on social media also said: “He has now been shifted to a hospital in Dehradun after receiving primary treatment in a hospital in Roorkee.”
General Director of the police in Uttarakhand, Ashok Kumar, added: “Pant had told the local police that he lost control on his car after he dozed off for a couple of seconds. The police is investigating the case.”
Pant played in India’s 2-0 test series win over neighbours Bangladesh earlier this month.
However, it looks like the crash could see him miss the upcoming T20 and One Day International matches against Sri Lanka in January.
The Indian international at received well-wishes from former India player VVS Laxman and former Australian captain Ricky Ponting.
Laxman said: “Praying for Rishabh Pant. Thankfully he is out of danger.”
Ponting, now Pant’s head coach at Delhi Capitals, added: “Hope you’re on the mend and back on your feet soon.”