India news May 25, 2011

Gambhir advised four-six weeks' rest


Gautam Gambhir could miss the limited-overs leg of India's tour of the West Indies next month following the aggravation of a shoulder injury that was sustained during the World Cup final. Gambhir, named India's captain for that part of the tour, has been advised four to six weeks' rest by Andrew Leipus, the Kolkata Knight Riders trainer, and could even miss the subsequent tour of England.

If it comes to pass, Gambhir's absence will leave India without their three best specialist openers - Virender Sehwag has recently undergone shoulder surgery and Sachin Tendulkar has been rested for the short-format games. It will also fuel the debate over the importance given to the IPL vis-a-vis international cricket, and - given that Sehwag also played through the IPL with his injury - raise questions over the responsibility of the BCCI, the IPL franchises and the players.

Gambhir played the IPL Eliminator on Wednesday, the same day Leipus wrote to the BCCI. However, Kolkata's loss to Mumbai Indians has saved Gambhir and the franchise from having to decide on his further participation in the tournament.

In his letter, addressed to BCCI secretary N Srinivasan, Leipus - a former India physio - said the player felt acute pain in his right shoulder while landing on it in the field at one point during the World Cup final against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede stadium on April 2. Subsequent scans have now revealed a serious injury that would require him to avoid throwing or batting for four to six weeks.

"Gautam arrived in Kolkata at the start of the IPL complaining of a 'sore shoulder', the onset of which occurred during the World Cup final," Leipus' letter said. "He clearly recollects a fielding incident where he landed on an outstretched arm and felt a catch deep in the shoulder. In the euphoria at the time, his attention was deservedly elsewhere and he didn't bother telling anyone about it."

Gambhir, he said, informed him of the shoulder pain when he arrived to play the IPL. "His initial complaints were pain in the shoulder and significant reduction of power in his throw. The clinical findings supported the mechanism of the onset of the acute injury, however, he did report having corticosteroid injections on two occasions over the previous few years," Leipus stated in his report, a copy of which is available with ESPNcricinfo. "Knowledge of this history leads me to suspect that any internal derangement may have been pre-existing and this recent incident (World Cup final) only served to aggravate or progress the injury (i.e. acute on chronic)," Leipus wrote.

Accordingly, Leipus said, he initiated a plan for management and rehabilitation, post which Gambhir only reported pain "intermittently". But during Kolkata's final group match at Eden Gardens on May 22, against Mumbai Indians, Gambhir winced in pain immediately after sending back a throw to the wicketkeeper from the deep. Leipus confirmed that the throw had "aggravated" the pain. The team then travelled for the Eliminator to Mumbai, where Gambhir consulted a prominent Mumbai-based surgeon and had an MRI scan taken.

"Both the doctor and myself believe that he should follow an intensive, supervised and conservative rehabilitation pathway. But for the best outcome, he will need to avoid both throwing and batting for a period of 4-6 weeks. In this regard I would expect that the BCCI medical committee would need to consider the ongoing management of Gautam's shoulder injury beyond the IPL and the possibility of his missing any immediate future tours until the shoulder is fully rehabilitated," Leipus said.

If Gambhir does indeed sit out that tour, Suresh Raina, appointed vice-captain, is likely to take over the leadership role.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • kanishka on May 27, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    problem is IPL itself, firstly it is so long & strenous,it drains out indian international players & secondly the huge money it offers, much more than international cricket, that is why Indian international players are playing in IPL through injuries like sehwag, gambhir, yuvraj and other like Tendulakar, Dhoni and Zaheer they played whole of IPL and opting out from WI international tour! this is the not the first time IPL is hurting Indian international cricket, IPL2 and IPL3 made India crash out of follow up World T20 in early stages in 2009 and 2010. still no lessons learnt! this is real SHAME for indian cricket. the only remedy for this solution is to make IPL short 2 week competetion rather than 6-7 weeks and they should reduce the money offered in IPL to lower than what Indian international players make. that would help indian international players to choose country over club, unless that happens all real cricket lovers who love international cricket should boycott watching IPL

  • Karthik on May 27, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    it should be better to select SHIKHAR DHAWAN as a replacement for gambhir.... because dhawan is a superb player and he got only one match chance.. please don't select MURALI VIJAY.... i'm from tamilnadu also... he is wasting one spot in playing eleven... lots of chances are given to him... but he even made one fifty in superb batting indian conditions....

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    Indian international cricket players they will not let go money maiking machine such as I P L care less about countrys international reputation of Iniia,as they earned via B C C I and International cricket fixcture also very hectics

  • Harshal on May 27, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    TEAM - Myank Agrawal, W.Saha, Bharath Chipli, Ravi Teja, Thirumalasetty Suman, A. Mukund, A Mithun, S. Aravind, R.Ashwin, P Chawla, Ojha, Dada

  • Harshal on May 27, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    Please include Shoaib Malik

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    Now everybody wants to throw in their one cent worth of opinion on the issue regarding players getting injured in the hectic Indian cricket calendar. Injuries are part and parcel of every players' game and no one should be blamed for playing in IPL as they earn their living plaing cricket. If one is paid handsomely to represent their club in the IPL then why fault them? Come on have more common sense rather than ruled by your head than the mind. No one will skip an International game to play for their club and earn mega bucks. It is their bread and butter and by snubbing their chance to make some mega bucks by playing for their club in the IPL one is giving the god given chance a miss which they will regret for life. After all not all cricketers are like Sachin who is always in form. If one is not in form I am sure no club will pay huge amount of money to get them to play for them. So guys give the cricketers some breathing space and stop being arm chair critics

  • James on May 27, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    Rayudu should get a look in, at least now. For those who talk about Ranji performances, Rayudu along with Yusuf Pathan had pushed a mediocre Baroda into the finals

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    There was this unnecessary row over players choosing IPL over country. Level of competition, value addition of competing with the world's best (even for a T20 contest) against some meaningless bilateral ODI series after series. Players still want to play tests and test themselves at diff conditions against diff opposition over 5 days. Its challenging for them but its getting to be a challenge to get spectators to the ground and even free tickets to school children only could get a few thousands at some venues. At the end of the day what players want is competition, spectators and some value addition. So best to test some youngsters to WI and give them a chance rather than stretching, already overstretched seniors.

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    ipl is spoiling indian talents also, well its upto players to choose between Nation and a franchisee...

  • Dummy4 on May 27, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    Now we must think to drop all such players who play IPL after having injuries (for getting handsome money) and then got out on account of injury from offcial tours. India is huge country and there are number of young talented players who can be selected for official tours resting (for ever) such players who give more importance to MONEY than country.

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