Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer, Barinder Sran has finally joined the team camp for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and their coach, Tom Moody immediately asked him, “How difficult was it to keep away from cricket action for six months and battling with twin injuries?”
After making an exceptional international debut for India in Australia in 2016, the left-arm pacer Sran sustained a stress fracture in his right foot, followed by a knee strain. The rehabilitation at the NCA forced him to miss the domestic season for Punjab as well. Talking the same, he said, “It was disappointing to first lose out on the chance to take part in the quadrangular series. 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.”
He further added, “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.”
Sran is fit again and trying to forget the disappointment and look ahead to IPL 2017 with a positive frame of mind. Last year he had taken 14 wickets for SRH that helped the team to win the title.
Barinder is eyeing a comeback into the national squad through a good stint in the T20 league. He said, “I am getting my rhythm back. I have done around 12-14 bowling sessions till now after regaining fitness. 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.”
Sran concluded, “I know IPL has given a platform to a 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 gaining more from them this time as well.”
Australia’s David Warner will be captaining SRH in the upcoming season of IPL.