Mandeep Singh keen to forget dismal IPL season with Royal Challengers Bangalore
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Mandeep Singh keen to forget dismal IPL season with Royal Challengers Bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Mandeep Singh had a dismal campaign in the IPL 2017 season, and is keen to put memories of the season behind him

ipl 2017 Updated: May 21, 2017 17:24 IST
Shalini Gupta
Shalini Gupta
IPL 2017,Mandeep Singh,Royal Challengers Bangalore
Bad form and injuries hamperd Mandeep Singh’s IPL 2017 campaign with Royal Challengers Bangalore.(PTI)

Mandeep Singh would rather want to forget this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) as apart from the two knocks — 46 against Kings XI Punjab and 52 against Kolkata Knight Riders — the Punjab batsman has nothing much to show for, while turning out for the Virat Kohli-led Royal Bangalore Challengers (RCB), who finished at the bottom of the table. (IPL 2017 FULL COVERAGE)

And as if this dismal outing was not enough, a disc prolapse in the lower back has further devastated the 25-year-old batsman. Mandeep had to miss out the last RCB tie in the tournament due to shooting pain in the back, but when he got an MRI done from a Mumbai-based doctor last week, he was diagnosed with disc prolapse and a surgery was suggested.

“I had a niggling pain in my lower back for one year. I was taking pain killers to keep the pain away. However, the pain was unbearable in the last 10 days. I met physio Patrick Farhat in Bengaluru and he thought the condition had worsened and I needed to get an MRI done.

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I have consulted other physiotherapists at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) keeping in mind the MRI results. I would try to avoid the surgery and go into rest and rehab period to treat the back,” said Mandeep, who felt that the last two months have been testing and termed it as the lowest phase of his career.

“It is not easy to bear failure with form. I was being moved up and down in the batting order and the form was not clicking. I was down in the dumps. I have had good showings for RCB in the past. The failure was hard to digest.

The coach Daniel Vettori came to my rescue and told me to not think about the failures but making most of the chances. That is how I could score in the two matches. And now the back injury. It is certainly the most lowest phase in my career. I hope to see through it soon and attain fitness,” Mandeep said.

He made his T20 debut for India against Zimbabwe in 2016. With 64 first-class matches and 4018 runs under his belt, Mandeep was bought by RCB in 2015 IPL season. He did well for his former franchise Kings XI Punjab in previous editions of IPL and emerged as an attacking top-order batsman. Mandeep played in 11 matches in IPL-10 and scored 188 runs.

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“I would be going by NCA physio’s advice. I will go into four weeks of rehab followed by strengthening. It is still an off season; I want to be fit before the domestic season starts. I have to start again and aim for Indian team berth,” shared Mandeep, who found encouraging words from cricketers Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and also from his mentor Vikram Rathore, after the miserable IPL season.

When asked about spinner Harbhajan Singh’s recent emotional letter to India coach Anil Kumble about raising the Ranji Trophy fees structure, Mandeep, who has led Punjab in domestic competitions in absence of Harbhajan, said, “Bhajji paaji hit the nail on the right spot.

There should be more for the players playing for the state. Not everyone has jobs or IPL contracts. In fact, I had spoken with Punjab Cricket Association officials a few years back that even the players should be given a good fees during the Punjab inter-district tournaments. The BCCI should look into this and raise the fees of the players. I’m happy that someone has taken up the issue.”

First Published: May 21, 2017 13:59 IST