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IPL 2017: Injuries behind him, Barinder Sran ready to shine for Sunrisers Hyderabad

Having picked up a lot from Sunrisers Hyderabad teammates, veteran Ashish Nehra and Bhuvneshwar Kumar during the last Indian Premier League (IPL) season, Barinder wants to get back into the national reckoning through a good stint in IPL 2017

ipl 2017 Updated: Mar 30, 2017 17:56 IST
Shalini Gupta
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Barinder Sran, who plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL), made his India cricket team ODI debut against Australia cricket team in Perth (January 2016). He had a good outing at the IPL last year after which he has been sidelined with injuries. (Getty Images)

The first question Sunrisers Hyderabad coach, Tom Moody, asked Barinder Sran after he reached Hyderabad for the Indian Premier League (IPL) was about his injury. “How difficult was it to keep away from cricket action for six months and battling with twin injuries?”

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After making an impressive debut for India cricket team in Australia last year, the left-arm pacer suffered a stress fracture in his right foot, followed by a knee strain. While the stress fracture forced him to return home from a quadrangular series in Australia, while playing for India ‘A’, the knee strain kept him grounded at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.

The recuperation and rehab at the NCA forced him to miss the domestic season for Punjab. The 24-year-old Barinder Sran felt he lost out on a crucial season.

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“It was disappointing to first lose out on the chance to take part in the quadrangular series,” he said. “The Australian wickets and the conditions would have suited my bowling. Sadly, I had to return without playing a single game. I was hoping to do well there and get a spot in the India Test team.

“I took ample rest and went to the NCA to do rehab and strengthening. I was almost fit when a niggling pain started to trouble me again. So I went back to the NCA, where I worked extensively under physio Andrew Leipus. This meant I lost out on crucial time and domestic matches,” added Barinder, who was recuperating at the NCA alongside Mohammed Shami.

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Barinder made a successful ODI debut for India against Australia in Perth (January 2016), while his T20 debut came against Zimbabwe at Harare two months before that. His T20 debut also turned out to be successful as he captured four wickets. However, injuries put his progress on hold.

Fit again and raring to go, Barinder wants to forget the disappointment and look ahead to IPL-10with a positive frame of mind. He had taken 14 wickets for Sunrisers last year, helping them win the title.

Having picked up a lot from Sunrisers Hyderabad teammates, veteran Ashish Nehra and Bhuvneshwar Kumar during the last IPL season, Barinder wants to get back into the national reckoning through a good stint in the T20 league.

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“I am getting my rhythm back. I have done around 12-14 bowling sessions till now after regaining fitness,” said Barinder. “I will work on more variations and yorkers while preparing for the IPL challenge under Tom Moody. I have gone through my old IPL videos and made a few changes in my bowling style. I have been talking about it with coach Moody too.

“I know IPL has given a platform to lot of cricketers to get a look into the Indian team. I am too targeting a comeback through IPL season. Ashish paaji and Bhuvi paaji had been of immense help last season, looking forward to gain more from them this time as well,” Barinder, who was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2016 auction, added.

Australia’s David Warner is going to lead Sunrisers in the upcoming IPL.