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Fit-again KL Rahul raring to strike form in Sri Lanka Test series

KL Rahul has been named in India’s Test squad for Sri Lanka tour. He is coming back from a four-month break following a shoulder injury, that forced him to miss some major tournaments like the Indian Premier League, ICC Champions Trophy and the West Indies tour.

cricket Updated: Jul 12, 2017 16:22 IST
KL Rahul missed some major tournaments like the Indian Premier League (IPL), ICC Champions Trophy and the West Indies tour due to shoulder injury.
KL Rahul missed some major tournaments like the Indian Premier League (IPL), ICC Champions Trophy and the West Indies tour due to shoulder injury.(AFP)

Missing major tournaments due to injury is very frustrating for any player and that was the case with KL Rahul, who was dropped from the team due to shoulder injury. But after a long hiatus, fit-again opener is all set for his new innings with the Sri Lanka tour of India.

Rahul said injuries are the part and parcel of the game but missing major tournaments due to injuries is a little bit frustrating.

“Missing tournaments due to injury is a part and parcel of the game for a player. Of course, I miss playing cricket, being part of the IPL, it is the biggest tournament in India. And the Champions Trophy would have been the first world (ICC) tournament that I would have played. It could have been a big moment in my career, I was looking forward to play in the Champions Trophy. It is a little bit frustrating,” Rahul said.

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The Karnataka batsman, who has been named in India’s Test squad for Sri Lanka tour, is coming back from a four-month break. The shoulder injury forced the 25-year-old player to miss some major tournaments like the Indian Premier League (IPL), Champions Trophy and the West Indies tour. His shoulder aggravated during the Australia series in India in February.

Tough task

Rahul said he has worked hard to attain the fitness after his surgery and is now set to go all guns blazing in the Sri Lanka.

“It’s been around three months that I had the surgery for my shoulder injury. I have worked hard to recover and attain the required fitness to get back to international cricket and give my best at the Sri Lanka series. It has been challenging not just physically but also mentally and emotionally.”

“To be at home and not do anything is frustrating. Now I have taken care of my recovery to come back stronger,” Rahul said.

The right-handed batsman admitted that getting injuries at this age is not good for him and especially when he is in good form.

Injury problem

Rahul played a crucial role in Indian Test series victory over Australia, where he slammed six consecutive fifties in his last six innings.

“It’s not nice to get injured so often at the age of 24-25 and especially since I have been in great form. I am playing all the three formats for my country. Now is the time I want to start playing more games. I am doing everything right. I am taking care of my fitness and nutrition,” he said.

Asked if he is doing anything special to counter the conditions in Sri Lanka because Indian team has not played outside the country for a long time, Rahul said right now he is only focusing on the fitness.

“I have been focusing on getting fitter by the minute. I am training in the nets and hitting the ball well,” said Rahul.