India news April 21, 2017

KL Rahul set to miss Champions Trophy

ESPNcricinfo staff

KL Rahul hurt his left shoulder while batting in the Pune Test against Australia in February © AFP

India opener KL Rahul, who is sitting out the IPL with a shoulder injury, has revealed he is unlikely to regain full fitness in time for the Champions Trophy.

"I have to wait and see but the chances are slim," he told the Times of India.

Rahul injured his left shoulder during the first Test against Australia in Pune in late February, and played with pain through the rest of the series.

"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."

Despite this, Rahul finished the series as India's second-highest run-getter, with 393 runs at 65.50 including six fifties in seven innings. After the series, Rahul travelled to England to undergo surgery - he said it might take his shoulder "2-3 months" to recover fully.

"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."

The injury, Rahul said, occurred when he hit a six against Steve O'Keefe on day two of the Pune Test.

"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."

Still only in his third year as an international cricketer, Rahul has already missed a number of matches with injury or illness.

"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."

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  • Damodar on April 23, 2017, 7:38 GMT

    Gaurav Sethi on April 22, 2017, 2:54 GMT:There is a typo error in your comment.Did you mean every 4th innings or 40 th?

  • mobala1274440 on April 22, 2017, 23:00 GMT

    3 fast bowlers pretty impressive well done congratulations you have finally produced a few bowlers Shami is probably the best but don't go to excited about Bumrah I don't think Bhuve has nothing special all Bumrah does is bowls Yorker after Yorker no swing seam Umesh Yadav the trudler that thinks he is a bit fast if you play good cuts and pulls that should be the end of Umesh compare that with Amir:Swing accuracy good pace Hassan Ali:Good pace skiddy Inswing and out swing good length,variations Junaid:Accurate,Clever,Variations,Both swing and seam Wahab:Pace,reverse

  • mobala1274440 on April 22, 2017, 22:36 GMT

    Looking foward to my man Babar giving Umesh,Bumrah and the trudler Pandya Saab a right bashing and Kohli will be a sitting duck against that new ball on seam friendly conditions especially with our new ball bowlers Ahwin and Jadaja won't be affective good encounter just win the toss bat and make 260 we'll win

  • CaptianDhoni on April 22, 2017, 16:36 GMT

    Sanju Samson could replace Rahul, please don't stick up with either dhawan or rahane..

  • Damodar on April 22, 2017, 16:11 GMT

    Heard this on a news channel this morning. News reader was saying Rahul hrt in the shoulder in the first test of the India_ Australia series and "missed rest of the series"whereas the reality is that he scored half centuries in six out of seven innings.

  • pravee7189550 on April 22, 2017, 16:09 GMT

    Missing Rahul is a big blow for india. His proper batting technique would have definitely benefited indian team in Seaming english conditions. Rohit is not opening for Mumbai Indians and dhawan is not consistent with bat.

  • aryanN2975400 on April 22, 2017, 14:48 GMT

    My champions trophy Squad: Rohit,Gambhir,Kohli,Yuvi,MSD,Kedar,Hardik,Ash,Jaddu,Umesh,Bumrah Reserves:Raina,Pant,Kuldeep Yadav,B.Kumar

  • aryanN2975400 on April 22, 2017, 14:42 GMT

    My Champions Trophy squad:Rohit,Gambhir,Kohli(c),Yuvraj,Jadhav,MSD(wkt),Hardik,Ash,Jadeja,Bumrah,Umesh,B.Kumar,Pant,Raina,Krunal Pandya.Players like Rana should not be selected on the basis of 2-3 good games

  • lodale9317828 on April 22, 2017, 14:32 GMT

    Indian squad looks inconsistent

  • Dexters on April 22, 2017, 11:42 GMT

    Any one except Dhawan and Rohit Sharma

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