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Dinda rues hasty return from injury

Although the Indian Premier League has emerged as a money-spinning mix of cricket and entertainment, over its five seasons it has also been synonymous with cricketers either hiding injuries or rushing their return after layoffs. Amol Karhadkar reports. Sensible & insensible

india Updated: May 08, 2012 02:12 IST
Amol Karhadkar

Although the Indian Premier League has emerged as a money-spinning mix of cricket and entertainment, over its five seasons it has also been synonymous with cricketers either hiding injuries or rushing their return after layoffs.

The first such case of IPL V was out in the open on Monday as Ashok Dinda, the Pune Warriors' pace spearhead, admitted that he made a premature return from the side strain he suffered midway through the tournament.

Fitness woes
"It takes a bit of time to recover from side strain. Had we kept on winning, perhaps I wouldn't have come back as early as I did. But the situation was such that I had to take the chance," Dinda, who missed five games after emerging the pick of the bowlers early on, said on Monday. "I'm not sure if I will be fit for tomorrow's (Tuesday) game."

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After suffering the injury in the game against the Royal Challengers in Bangalore on April 17, Dinda was nowhere close to being fit for selection for the next five games.

And though he featured in their last two losing causes, including the one against the Kolkata Knight Riders in his hometown on Saturday, he did not appear fully fit. No wonder, he bowled just two overs at the Eden Gardens.

Fingers crossed
Considering that Dinda is already a key member of the India 'A' squad that is set to leave for the West Indies immediately after the IPL, his hasty return for his IPL franchise could result in him being sidelined for the tour that could be crucial in his comeback to international cricket, having performed consistently for Bengal and his zone in domestic tournaments.

"That (India 'A') would depend on how my body shapes up. It's not really in my hand," Dinda said. "But my priority would always be international cricket."

Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir postponing their injury rehab after the World Cup triumph to play last year's IPL resulted in both the batsmen missing out on most of India's international cricket in the second half of 2011.

If Dinda misses out on the India 'A' tour, there is no reason for him to feel sorry. He would know exactly where to point a finger at!