Indian batsman KL Rahul will not take part in the ICC Champions Trophy as his injury will take more time to heal than what was initially expected. He injured his shoulder in the Pune in the first test match against Australia a few weeks ago.
This is a big disappointment for Rahul was in the middle of a really good run of games for India. His performances had become consistent and was fast becoming a constant at the top of the order.
This is the same shoulder injury that has kept him out of the IPL this year. The Royal Challengers teams are missing him in the side as their struggles in the IPL continue.
This is what Rahul said about his injury.
“I had torn my labrum [a ring of fibrocartilage attached to the shoulder socket]. I couldn’t get into a few positions because my shoulder kept dislocating. That’s why I couldn’t play a lot of shots and had to restrict myself. I played with a lot of medication and taping.”
“The doctor said it will take 2-3 months. Each body is different, so you don’t know how it recovers,” he said. “It is totally up to me and how I well I take care of myself in the rehab phase. For now, it is 2-3 weeks of relaxing and after that, I will start physiotherapy. My rehab will start from there.”
“It is a sports injury but the doctor was surprised it happened because of batting,” he said. “It mostly happens in contact sports where people run into you.
“The physio [Patrick Farhart] was surprised because there was no such major incident. It was that moment in Pune when I played a shot – not the one I got out to, but the one that went for six. That’s when I knew that my shoulder dislocated and went back in. I got out playing the same shot, so by then it was completely damaged. I couldn’t do anything after that.”
“It is frustrating for a young man who is new to international cricket – it’s been two-and-a-half years now,” Rahul said. “I’ve already been injured twice or thrice. It makes me think about what I am doing wrong.
“I can’t see any reason why I keep getting injured because I am disciplined with my fitness and my diet and I look after my body. Now is the time to see what I can change in training. To be injury-free is wishful thinking for a sportsman. To be fit and minimize injuries will be my goal once I get back.”