Mumbai: India opener KL Rahul’s chances of playing at this year’s Champions Trophy appears to be slim, as the Bangalore star confessed in an interview to The Times of India that he is still recovering after undergoing operation on his left shoulder earlier this month.
Rahul sustained the injury during the first Test of the India-Australia series in Pune, but played through the pain barrier and struck six half-centuries in the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
“I will just have to wait and see but the chances are very, very slim,” Rahul was quoted as saying by the Times of India.
“I had torn my labrum (a ring of fibrocartilage). I couldn’t get into a few positions because my shoulder kept dislocating – popped out and popped back in. That’s why I couldn’t play a lot of shots, had to restrict myself. I played with a lot of medication and taping. Surgery was to fix it on the inside,” said Rahul.
Rahul also skipped the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League and had a surgery in England. The surgery was successful but Rahul revealed that it will take him another two three months to make a comeback onto the field.
“They said it will take anywhere close to two to three months,” he added. “But again, it depends, each body is different, you don’t know how the body recovers,” said Rahul.
“It is totally up to me and how I well I take care of myself in the rehab phase. For now, it is just two-three weeks of relaxing and not doing anything and after that maybe I will start physiotherapy and my rehab phase will start from there,” Rahul said.
Injuries has been a constant feature in Rahul’s short international career so far and he expressed his frustration over missing games.
“It is frustrating for a young man who is new to international cricket – it’s been two-and-a-half years now,” he said. “I’ve already been injured twice or thrice. It makes me think about what I am doing wrong,” said Rahul.
“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 minimise injuries will be my goal once I get back.”
First Published: April 21, 2017, 12:39 PM IST