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'Surgery done with World Cup in mind'

Off-spinner Murali Kartik said he felt the pain much before he decided to have his shoulder operated, but it was always his throwing that he had problems with and not with his bowling.

india Updated: May 31, 2006 17:18 IST

Murali Kartik says the recent shoulder injury won't keep him from being part of the Indian team at the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.

The left arm spinner, who has been out of action since February, said that he planned to have the surgery on his bowling shoulder now so that he would have the time to recover and be fit in time for the World Cup.

"That (World Cup) is exactly the target. The team management and myself took this decision so that I have enough time to come back," the 29-year-old player said.

"We thought that I might need four-five months' time to recover and since India have no cricket after the West Indies series for a couple of months, this is was the right time."

The Railways cricketer said he was looking at a much quicker return to action.

"I should be playing much earlier than the new domestic season. I am looking to play in the English County season," he said.

"I played for Lancashire last year, probably they would still be interested in me.

"I can't predict the exact date as to when I will return. But the operation went off well and I am in 10th week of my rehab."

Kartik said he felt the pain much before he decided to have his shoulder operated, but it was always his throwing that he had problems with and not with his bowling.

"I felt the pain first seven-eight months back. When I was in Lancashire, I was playing with pain.

"It was in the Pakistan series in the first match that I realised that it had a reached a stage where I cannot postpone the surgery any further. But I never had problems with bowling, it was throwing that was affected."

Kartik, who has played for India in 30 one-dayers and taken 27 wickets besides 24 wickets in eight Tests, said he took in his stride the setback which came at a time when he seemed to have finally emerged from the shadow of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan.

"Injury at any time of the career is a setback. When you go under the knife you always have the doubt about the shoulder.

"But that is part of any sportsperson's career. The challenge is to come back and bowl at the same level you had done before."