Pant, on Friday, encountered a horrifying accident when he lost control of his car while driving on NH-58 and is currently admitted in Max Dehradun with multiple injuries on head, back, knee and ankle. He was on Monday shifted from ICU to a private ward.
“What happened is very unfortunate. No one had any control over it and as a team, we wish him (Pant) all the best. Our love and prayers are always with him and we wish him a speedy recovery,” Hardik said on the eve of the first T20I against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
Haldik believed that Pant’s absence from the national team would definitely have a huge impact on the side’s balance.
“Obviously, he was very important but now everyone knows where the situation stands. If Rishabh would also have been there, it would have made a big difference, yes, because of the kind of player he is. But now that he is not there, it is something we can’t control,” Hardik added.
The skipper wants all those who will be getting opportunities in the absence of Pant to use them to the fullest.
“There are a lot of people who can get opportunities. Let’s see what the future has kept for us and move forward with it,” he stated.
The injuries, especially the ones on knee and ankle, will keep Pant out of action for a minimum period of six months.
(With inputs from agencies)