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Parupalli Kashyap out of action for three months due to a shoulder injury

Deep Parikh

New Delhi: India’s Parupalli Kashyap plays a return to Lee Dong Keun of Korea during their Thomas Cup badminton match at Siri Fort Stadium in New Delhi on Monday. PTI Photo by Manvender Vashist(PTI5_19_2014_000127B)

Ace Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap will be away from the court for a period of three months. He picked up an injury during the recently concluded second season of Premier Badminton league. During a game he dislocated his shoulder. The shuttler who represents Chennai Smashers in the league picked up the injury while diving to retrieve a shot. It was while getting up after the dive that his body weight awkwardly burdened his right shoulder. This accident happened during his men’s single match against the Mumbai Rockets HS Prannoy in the finals on Saturday.

Even after picking up the injury, he continued playing the game and ended up winning the championship for his side. In the post-match ceremony the 30 year old confessed that he continued playing in spite of the fact that he was not feeling well.

The MRI scan that Parupalli Kashyap opted for revealed that he did not only suffer a dislocation but a tear in the labrum which exacerbated the matter. Parupalli Kashyap used Facebook as a medium to reach out to his fans with this disappointing news on Monday.

Injury Streak

The Parupalli Kashyap has a history of picking up injuries. During the French open last year he suffered a calf muscle tear. After recovering from this he suffered an abdominal strain during his game at the Syed Modi International tournament in January, 2016.

After this there was still no respite for him. He suffered a serious knee injury that forced him to retire from the match against eighth seed Son Wan Ho at the German Open in early March. This not only required a surgery for recovery but it also dashed all his hopes of representing India at the Rio Olympics.

This also had a serious impact on his rankings. The ranking of the former World No. 6 slipped even below 100 due to this break.

What next??

Due to his recent injury which has ruled him out of the court for at least 3 months, Parupalli Kashyap is certain to miss the big Indian BWF events – the Syed Modi International (January 24-29) and the India Open Superseries (March 28-April 2). He in all probability will also miss the All England Championships (March 7-12) unless he makes a stupendous recovery.

If his recovery goes according to plan, he should be expected to resume competitive play in the month of April. Therefore he can plan to prepare for the Malaysia Open, the Singapore Open, the China Masters as well as the Badminton Asia Championships which happen later in the calender.

The Sportsrush’s Take

In spite of injuring his shoulder Kashyap continued playing for his side. This shows his commitment for the game. Kashyap is a fighter and he will surely spring back quickly as a better player. He has been through a lot and has made a successful comeback each time. This time too, there will be no exception.

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