The smile in Lalit Singh Bhandari’s face on Monday at the Grande Hospital summed up his happiness to reset his life again as the left arm medium pacer had just survived what could have been a life threatening road accident.
Lalit and his pillion riding brother were hit by a truck on Sunday evening at Jhalari Bazaar in his home town Kanchanpur, leaving the Nepali cricketer critically injured. In a long ordeal for cricket fraternity, everything was done for Lalit.
He was rushed to Nisarg Hospital in Dhangadhi promptly, the same night he was on three and a half hour ride to Kohalpur Hospital and the other day was airlifted to Kathmandu, making sure he gets the best available treatement.
An effective medium pacer, Lalit has played his part returning the figures of 2-43 in Nepal’s historical One Day International victory in Netherlands against the hosts. It was also Lalit’s debut ODI after he had earned his spot following years of hard work.
The 28-year old is an asset for any team he features for in domestic tournament and franchise Twenty20 competition. It was only due to a niggling injury Lalit has been not able play with his full throttle off late. His patchy form had been expected to be temporary.
The cricket community is doing its all to leave no stone unturned in providing Lalit best medical facilities so that he gets back to his feet and keeps going after recovery.
“Being left arm medium pacer was a good advantage for us in the Netherlands series. He is a good prospect for us. Apparently, he had injury issues and trying to come over it,” said national team former skipper Paras Khadka.
“He has the potential and hopefully makes a full comeback,” Paras added. But making a comeback from a terrible road mishap is going to be a Herculean task for everyone involved in his treatment.
Is Lalit’s injury career threatening?
According to Dr Chakra Raj Pandey, the senior orthopaedician and Medical Director at Grande, Lalit has a broken right arm with multiple fractures, another fracture in his right leg, lungs contusion, laceration in liver and heel avulsion. To cut the matter short, he has multiple serious injuries.
Lalit needs two major surgeries in his right hand and leg for which the surgeons at Grande are currently assessing. “We are looking for optial condition to do the surgery because if the acid level at the body is not balanced, operating him could create problems, Pandey told cricketingnepal.com.
Pandey believed Lalit’s accident was not the end of his career, provided everyone does the hard work. “Our focus is to bring him back to his active playing career. The group of doctors involved in his treatement has made a long planning to make what he used to be. The treatment will go well but the rehabilitation is going to take time,” he said.
Asked how long is it going to take Lalit to get back to his former shelf, Pandey replied: One year at least. We need a realistic practical management of him that begins with the surgical planning. It’s a process of hard work. He also needs psychotherapy in this process. The recuperation process involving physiotherapists from our side and cricket is going to take long. If everything goes perfect, he can hit the ground in a matter of one year.”
Pandey had also looked after national team footballer Vikram Lama who managed to start playing in six months. “Vikram only had single injury and his rehabilitation went really well. Lalit will come back again if a proper discipline is maintained,” Pandey added.