Injury and fitness headaches for India
India are currently in tremendous form across formats. They are in a commanding lead in the ICC World Test Championship. They have recently beat Australia in ODI series. And then they are also basking in the glory of clinching a 5-0 win in the T20I series in New Zealand.
But that’s not all about India. They have got some headaches to address as well. At the moment their biggest headaches are injuries and fitness issues.
There are snags in its injury management system. Be it in detection or in the course of rehabilitation, problems are occurring at an alarming rate. Wriddhiman Saha’s shoulder injury went unnoticed for a while, and then he had to undergo injury. Again it was also not diagnosed on time that Bhuvneshwar Kumar had sports hernia, which needed operation.
To add to that, there have also been conflicting reports on the recovery status of Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya. Bumrah made his comeback and despite faltering in first few matches, he got back his rhythm in the last T20I against New Zealand with a Man of the Match performance. However, nobody knows when Pandya will be back. The promising all-rounder was declared fit only to be deemed otherwise a few days later.
With the ICC T20 World Cup fast approaching and schedued for October, these are some very worrying signs for India cricket.
Many may think the increasing involvement of IPL teams and their professionals in the rehabilitation programme has done good in protesting injuries and all. But in reality, it has only complicated matters, since the priorities of these franchises and the national team are different.
Indian cricketers are now faced with a very busy cricket calendar. So there are bound to be muscle pulls, stress fractures and other niggles. Since the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is subjecting its players to this gruelling schedule, it becomes their responsibility to make sure the fitness and well being of the cricketers.
Is BCCI doing that good enough? Not yet. It is expected from Sourav Ganguly that as a former national captain, he will take necessary measurements to get rid of injury owes. Though apart from making routine announcements, he has not done anything noteworthy to handle this.