Punjab seamer Barinder Sran’s brush with injuries continues. He suffered from a niggling shoulder during his maiden tour of Australia earlier this year, and his sojourn with the India ‘A’ team to Australia ended without playing due to a foot injury.
The left-arm pacer was upbeat about the India ‘A’ tour and had told HT before leaving that he wanted to use the chance to get into the Test team. However, things did not pan out the way Sran had planned and Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur had to be flown to Australia in his place. Sran will have to wait four more weeks to get back into action.
Sharing his disappointment, Sran said: “I was looking forward to the Australian tour. The ODIs followed by the four-day games would have given me ample chances, and the pitches would have suited my style of bowling. It was disappointing to have my foot injured a day before the first game of the quadrangular series.”
Sran’s right foot was injured while bowling in the nets at Townsville ahead of the first ODI match against Australia ‘A’.
The 23-year-old realised the next morning that it was a stress fracture. He returned home and was advised six weeks rest. He will report to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru before resuming bowling.
“I was eyeing a good show in Australia. The fact that New Zealand is coming to India for ODI as well as Test series was at the back of the mind. A good outing could have got me into the Test team. Sadly, the injury happened and now I am sitting at home and missing the cricket action,” added Sran.
Sran has a history of injuries. He was injured in a road accident two years ago and had to miss the entire domestic season. His shoulder was injured during his debut tour to Australia earlier this year. However, both the times, he staged successful comebacks.
Sran, who hails from Sirsa in Haryana, would consider himself unlucky, as the India ‘A’ team lifted the quadrangular series involving Australia ‘A’, South Africa ‘A’ and the National Performance Squad.
Despite the injury, coach Rahul Dravid stood by Sran and had words of encouragement for the pacer before he left for India. “Rahul sir was happy to see me bowl in the nets. He was also happy to see improvement in my fielding skills. He was disappointed on learning about my injury.
“He told me to not lose heart and get back home with a positive frame of mind. He told me that I have to be brave and patient with the recovery as lot of cricket is coming up. His assurance and encouragement is keeping the spirit going in me. Once I am back on my feet and bowling, I would be aiming to do well in the domestic circuit for Punjab and make an impression,” said Sran, who hogged the limelight last season while playing for Punjab in Ranji Trophy.
Sran made his ODI debut against Australia in Perth at the start of the year while his T20 debut came against Zimbabwe at Harare. It turned out to be successful as he captured four wickets.