India’s star opening batsman, KL Rahul is uncertain of playing in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 due to the shoulder injury he sustained in recently concluded test series against Australia. KL Rahul emphasised that the recovery phase of his shoulder is long and his participation possibilities in the upcoming Champions Trophy looks bleak at the moment.
KL Rahul insisted that he is uncomfortable to position himself in playing few strokes due to the dislocation of his right shoulder. He also added that the physicians have stated it will take a couple of months to recuperate completely and then starts his rehab after those 2 months.
As per the inputs from Cricbuzz, KL Rahul said that ”I have to wait and see but the chances are slim. 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.”
Speaking of his rehab period, he stated that “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.”
KL Rahul injured his right shoulder in the first test against Australia but continued to play the rest of the series in pain and emerged as the second highest run-scorer for India in the series with 393 runs to his name in 7 innings next to Cheteshwar Pujara’s tally of 405 runs.
However, missing out KL Rahul for the prestigious event, Champions Trophy will be a major blow for the Virat Kohli-led India as KL Rahul found to be in a magical touch with his willow.