India’s Test opener KL Rahul, who was also ruled out of the ongoing India Premier League (IPL) with a shoulder injury, has revealed that his chances of regaining full fitness before the ICC Champions Trophy are very slim and is likely to miss the forthcoming event.
“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.”
Rahul caused damage his left shoulder during the first Test against Australia in Pune, and continued to play through the rest of the series. Despite playing with an injury, he finished the series as India’s second highest run-getter, scoring 393 runs at 65.50 including six half-centuries. Rahul then traveled to England to undergo shoulder surgery.
“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.”
“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.”
The 25-year-old has already missed quite a few matches with either injury or illness in his brief career.
“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.”