Lokesh Rahul, the youngster batsman returned from the shoulder surgery in London. The player was operated by Dr. Lennard Funk, the shoulder injury specialists on April 10. The player is back to India on April 21. Rahul catch up with the team in Bangalore, but he is on rest. Rahul obviously will miss the entire IPL season, but he might also be unavailable for the next tournament, that is, Champions Trophy. He was injured in the first test at Pune against Australia. However, he played throughout the series with an injured shoulder as the second highest scorer for India. He scored 393 runs batting 7 innings.
The player disclosed he was unable to play freely and had to restrict his strikes to selective shots. He completed the series with medication and taping. The recovery period is about 2-3 months. Being unsure of the next assignment, Rahul said, he will have to “wait and see.” Per the player, “chances are slim.” The Champions Trophy will start from England first of June. He said for 2-3 weeks he should relax and start physiotherapy after that. Rahul admitted the doctor was surprised that the injury was due to batting, because, such injuries generally happens when there is an intense collision.
Further, the player disclosed, his shoulder got dislocated the moment he lofted Steve O’Keefe for a six at Pune test. He was dismissed the second time he wanted to play a similar shot. Rahul has been through several injuries since his test debut in 2014. He said it is ‘frustrating for a young man’ especially who is new to international circuit. He retrospect in two and half years, he has been injured twice or thrice. The player said his injuries are making him think what he might be doing wrong. He said he is disciplined with his fitness, diet. Additionally, Rahul is also keen to look after his health. He said, his goal will be to minimize injuries once he gets back again on tract.
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