The Haryana Roadways bus driver Sushil Kumar, who rescued Rishabh Pant after the horrific car crash, has now revealed how he saved the star wicketkeeper-batter and has provided gruesome details of the aftermath.
Rishabh Pant met with a road accident on December 30. The accident took place in the early hours of Friday when he was driving from Delhi to Roorkee. Pant reportedly dozed off while driving and his Mercedes Benz car collided with the divider on the Delhi-Dehradun highway and then turned a few times before catching fire. He somehow managed to escape the burning automobile after breaking its windscreen and was helped by bus driver Sushil Kumar and bus conductor Paramjeet.
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After the car accident, Pant was taken to Saksham Hospital Multispecialty and Trauma Centre and was later shifted to Max Hospital in Dehradun. Pant’s condition was told to be stable, but he suffered several injuries, including a ligament tear in his right knee.
Speaking to TOI, Sushil Kumar narrated the entire incident. He told that in the wee hours of a foggy morning near Mohammadpur Jhal at the Narsan border near Roorkee, he saw a car ramming into the divider.
“Paramjeet, haath de jalde, gaadi lagwa” (stick your hand out and indicate to park on the side),” he shouted for his conductor’s attention.
They quickly rushed towards Pant’s burning car and saw him lying in a pool of blood.
“Isko jaldi uthwa, gaadi mein aag lag rahi hai” (help me lift him, the car is catching fire),” Kumar told his helper.
Kumar and Paramjeet soon took the Indian cricketer to the corner of the road and asked him, “Are you okay? Is there anyone else inside the car?”
“Meri mummy ko phone mila do” – Rishabh Pant told Sushil Kumar
He further revealed that Pant could barely speak and asked him to call his mother, whose phone was, however, switched off. Quickly, Kumar had to call the police and ambulance.
“Meri mummy ko phone mila do,” Pant told Kumar, who found the phone lying near the car.
Sushil Kumar also revealed that he doesn’t watch cricket and didn’t know that it was cricketer Rishabh Pant.
“I rushed for his help insaniyat ke naate (on humanitarian grounds),” said Kumar.
“I didn’t want to leave that person (Pant) alone in that state. I did try to look into the car and found no one else. There was a lot of blood coming out from his forehead and legs. Her mother’s phone was off,” Kumar told TOI.
“One of the passengers on the bus came, saw the injured man and said “Yeh to cricketer Rishabh Pant hai”, said Kumar.
“I hardly watch cricket. I don’t know who plays cricket for India. I just know Sachin (Tendulkar) and (MS) Dhoni. Whether he is a cricketer or a millionaire, I just wanted to help and save a life”.
“It took just 10 to 15 mins for the ambulance to reach the accident site. Police took my number, shifted the cricketer to the ambulance and took him to a hospital,” Kumar said.
Sushil Kumar further revealed that some money was scattered on the road after the accident and he picked it up and gave it back to Pant.
“There was some money scattered on the road. I picked all of it and put it in his (Pant’s) pocket. I told him ‘theek ho jaoge, dhyan rakhna’ (you will be fine, take care). He wanted to say something, but couldn’t. He tried waving his hand towards me, wanting to say thanks,” said driver Kumar.
“I am thankful to god that I could save someone’s life. May this cricketer get on his feet soon and play for India once again,” Kumar said.