India’s opening KL Rahul is set to miss ICC Champions Trophy 2017 due to shoulder injury as he needs two to three months to recover fully.
“I have to wait and see but the chances are slim,” he told the Times of India.
“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 right-hander injured his left shoulder during the India vs Australia Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2017 while playing the first Test in Pune. He underwent a shoulder surgery in England after the series. But it will take 2-3 months for full recovery.
“The doctor said it will take 2-3 months. Each body is different, so you don’t know how it recovers. 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,” he said.
Rahul injured his shoulder while hitting a six off Steve O’Keefe in Pune. As soon he hit that shot, he felt he dislocated his shoulder.
“It is a sports injury but the doctor was surprised it happened because of batting. 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.”
Rahul is already missing the VIVO IPL 2017 season for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com