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Indian men's cricket and the curious case of injuries

Throughout the year, injuries have devastated both Team India's rising prospects and established stars. Chahar and Washington Sundar, currently the part of Bangladesh tour, are among those who have spent substantial time period in rehab at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). Both leading pacer Jasprit Bumrah and star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja are now sidelined with injuries.

Jasprit Bumrah: In file image
By Kshitij Ojha | Dec 9, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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The Men in Blue’s growing list of injured players infuriated Indian captain Rohit Sharma on Wednesday, who urged the team to investigate the issue. At the Shere Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday, Bangladesh held off a late blitz from an injured Rohit Sharma to win by just five runs and grab a commanding 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. “I mean there are definitely a few injury concerns,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Rohit as saying after India’s five-run loss that meant a 2-0 loss to Bangladesh on Wednesday.

“We need to try and get to the bottom of it. I do not know what exactly it is. Maybe they are playing too much cricket. We need to try and monitor those guys because it is important to understand when they come for India, they need to be 100 per cent, in fact, more than 100 per cent.” Interestingly, due to a thumb injury, Rohit Sharma will miss the third ODI along with Deepak Chahar and Kuldeep Sen. Throughout the year, injuries have devastated both Team India’s rising prospects and established stars. Chahar and Washington Sundar, currently the part of Bangladesh tour, are among those who have spent substantial time period in rehab at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). Both leading pacer Jasprit Bumrah and star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja are now sidelined with injuries.

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NCA’s role

Due to back problems, Bumrah hasn’t played in a match of competitive cricket since September, and Jadeja hasn’t represented India since September of this year after getting hurt playing in the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates. Even Shami is ruled out of the Test series. Earlier in the year the likes of KL Rahul, and Harshal Patel all missed a substantial amount of cricket due to injuries.

When a player is deemed unfit, they first go through a thorough injury examination and spend the allotted amount of time in rehabilitation. Before receiving the “green light” for recuperation, a thorough fitness exam is required. Currently, players on selectors’ radar are required to report to NCA for a fitness assessment. The management of the team then receives a thorough report. The trainer then works with the support personnel to develop a workload management programme for the player.



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