KL Rahul was injured during the India-Australia Border Gavaskar Series and continued to play for the country despite the injury. However, he was advised to undergo surgery by BCCI medical team and he is missing the whole of IPL 10 due to the surgery.
He had the surgery by Dr Lennard Funk, who specializes in shoulder injuries, on April 10 at The Arm Clinic in London, England and is now back in India and resting. He has been seen with his IPL franchise team RCB in the hotel and the left arm in sling was a sight for the young Indian opener.
He also gave a statement on his participation in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 which will start on June 1 in England. He said,”I will just have to wait and see but the chances are very, very slim."I had torn my labrum (a ring of fibrocartilage). I couldn't get into a few positions because my shoulder kept dislocating - popped out and popped back in. That's why I couldn't play a lot of shots, had to restrict myself. I played with a lot of medication and taping. Surgery was to fix it on the inside."
He has been advised to rest and recover and he shared the recovery time, “They said it will take anywhere close to 2 to 3 months. But again, it depends, each body is different, you don't know how the body recovers. It is totally up to me and how I well I take care of myself in the rehab phase. For now, it is just 2-3 weeks of relaxing and not doing anything and after that maybe I will start physiotherapy and my rehab phase will start from there.”
He said that there was no major incident that happened to cause his injury. He says that he felt something when he hit a lofted shot on O’Keefe’s bowling and got out. He said I knew the shoulder was dislocated and it was damaged even more after he played the same shot again.
Rahul’s career has been hampered by injuries since he made his debut against Australia in 2014. He said,” "It is very frustrating for a young man who is just new to international cricket - two and a half years now. I've already been injured twice or thrice. But it also makes me sit and wonder what I am doing wrong, if it is my fitness. I can't see any reason why I keep getting injured so much because I am very disciplined with my fitness regime, diet and I really look after my body.”