Notably, Pant is expected to be out of action from the cricket field for the majority of 2023 and is anticipated to miss a number of major competitions, including the IPL.

According to a medical update provided to the BCCI about Pant, who survived the horrific accident on 30 December, Pant tore all three of his knee's key ligaments. Two of them have already undergone reconstruction, and surgery on the third is scheduled for six weeks from now, according to ESPNcricinfo.

As a result, Pant is likely to miss at least six months of action, which may adversely impact his chances of being selected for the ODI World Cup, which will be held in India in October-November.

Pant had undergone successful knee surgery earlier in January.

One of India's top contracted players, Pant, was airlifted earlier in January from Dehradun to Mumbai at the BCCI's instruction and placed under the care of Dr Dinshaw Pardiwala, a specialised surgeon hired by the board.

Since the accident and surgery, the BCCI has released three medical bulletins, one of which revealed that Pant had also hurt his right ankle. His medial collateral ligament MCL), which is crucial for stability and movement, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) were damaged, according to ESPNcricinfo.

It is believed that both the PCL and MCL were rebuilt during the recent surgery. Pant will require additional surgery to rebuild his ACL, but the procedure won't be performed for at least six weeks.

A specific time frame hasn't yet been given by the doctors for Pant's return to training, but the BCCI and the selectors have determined that the wicketkeeper-batter would be out of action for at least six months.

Pant was rested for the home series against Sri Lanka after his previous appearance came in the December away series in Bangladesh. He was not included in the squads for the first two Test matches against Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy and the New Zealand series.

In addition, Pant, who leads Delhi Capitals, won't be available for the IPL, which gets underway on 1 April. Should India advance to the World Test Championship final in June, Pant would miss it too.

In Pant's absence for the first half of the Australia Test series, the selectors have picked KS Bharat and Ishan Kishan as backup wicketkeepers.

Also, in the three-match ODI series against New Zealand commencing next week, Bharat and Kishan will also compete for the wicketkeeper's slot.