India news July 9, 2012

Aaron suffers injury setback

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Varun Aaron, the India fast bowler, has suffered a recurrence of a back injury that had ruled him out of India's tour to Australia last year. He told ESPNcricinfo that he was targetting a return during the Champions League T20 in October.

Aaron, whose last international game was in December in an ODI against West Indies in Visakhapatnam, returned to competitive cricket during the IPL. He played eight games for his franchise, Delhi Daredevils, and picked up eight wickets.

"There was a slight niggle, but I was still good enough to bowl at my best during the IPL," Aaron told the Indian Express. "But as soon as I experienced the pain again, I returned to the NCA some five weeks back."

"The back injury must have relapsed after the IPL," TA Sekar, Daredevils mentor, said. "He was 100% fit during the matches he played and he even bowled at 145 kmh-plus in them." Sekar said it was only after putting Aaron through the franchise's rehab schedule that Daredevils decided to play him; Aaron played his first game only midway through the tournament.

"Ideally the board should have sent him to Australia for treatment in December itself, especially since they had a qualified physio in Evan Speechly with them," Sekar said. "The two-month delay really cost him." Aaron was sent to the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore for his rehab after he was ruled out of the Australia tour.

Aaron, who has played one Test and five ODIs for India, has had a history of back trouble, having suffered two stress fractures soon after he made his Ranji Trophy debut for Jharkhand in the 2008-09 season. He first played for India during the ODI series against England last October and made his Test debut the following month against West Indies. He was picked in India's Test squad for Australia, but once the stress reaction in his back was diagnosed, he was replaced by Karnataka seamer R Vinay Kumar.

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  • on July 11, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    BCCI can afford to pay Aaron to NOT play the IPL

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 11, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    He got most of those wickets as bowled. That shows his ability. BCCI must reserve him, Umesh etc for important tours only. We can use Zak, Umesh, PK combination as well as Zak, Varun, Vinay combination. Also,Zak, Ishant, Sreeshant, Umesh in tests too.

  • ProdigyA on July 10, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    This guy gets more injured than he plays. I dont understand how u can get injured when u hardly play.

  • on July 10, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Well, the problem with most of the young fast bowlers who are international circuits are there bowling action and rhythmic run up and approach to the crease.

    They have to get their basics right... Gradual start and build up momentum as you approach to the crease... followed by neat bowling action close to the head and seam upright and good finish and follow thru...

    Players are bowling good steady pace take for example Pat Cummins, James Pattinson, Varun Aaron, Ishant Sharma... But all r injury prone!!

    I think they must learn the basics right and a smooth rhythm and action like Micheal Holding,Dennis Lillee, Richard Hadlee, Courtney Walsh, Allan Donald ....

  • on July 10, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    Aaron must look to Dennis Lillie for advice on handling this type of injury and better build up some more muscle.So many bone injuries,particularly stress fractures at this age is bad.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 10, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    @ExplicitPlatinum on (July 09 2012, 12:39 PM GMT)....I appreciate your good will suggestions. So nice to see hear from Pakistan brother. Thank you.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 10, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    I wish you recover soon with god's blessing and also come back onto cricket ground as an more accurate bolwer as you have speed just concentrating on accuracy is required for now before you again re-enter.All the best.

  • CaptainKool on July 9, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    This attitude of losing opportunity to play for India everytime is not understandable to me even if it is not intentional and each and every player get fit and ready to play in IPL. What a joke!

  • Vilander on July 9, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    what ExplicitPlatinum is stating is so correct. India has no clue about handling pace bowlers, we will waste Aaron very soon. He will retire to injuries. IPL is hardly the priority. he can play all IPL he wants after 28

  • Nampally on July 9, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    It looks like Aaron will follow the footsteps of Sreesanth as regards "on going injuries". He should get at the root cause (flaws in his bowling action or inherent birth defect) of his back injuries & correct it rather than address it like a peice meal. Otherwise it will dog him into retirement. It is sad that his pace & talent cannot be put to use. There are not many 145 KPH pace bowlers in India. He needs to look at the big picture rather than focus at IPL.

  • on July 11, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    BCCI can afford to pay Aaron to NOT play the IPL

  • Fast_Track_Bully on July 11, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    He got most of those wickets as bowled. That shows his ability. BCCI must reserve him, Umesh etc for important tours only. We can use Zak, Umesh, PK combination as well as Zak, Varun, Vinay combination. Also,Zak, Ishant, Sreeshant, Umesh in tests too.

  • ProdigyA on July 10, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    This guy gets more injured than he plays. I dont understand how u can get injured when u hardly play.

  • on July 10, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Well, the problem with most of the young fast bowlers who are international circuits are there bowling action and rhythmic run up and approach to the crease.

    They have to get their basics right... Gradual start and build up momentum as you approach to the crease... followed by neat bowling action close to the head and seam upright and good finish and follow thru...

    Players are bowling good steady pace take for example Pat Cummins, James Pattinson, Varun Aaron, Ishant Sharma... But all r injury prone!!

    I think they must learn the basics right and a smooth rhythm and action like Micheal Holding,Dennis Lillee, Richard Hadlee, Courtney Walsh, Allan Donald ....

  • on July 10, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    Aaron must look to Dennis Lillie for advice on handling this type of injury and better build up some more muscle.So many bone injuries,particularly stress fractures at this age is bad.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 10, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    @ExplicitPlatinum on (July 09 2012, 12:39 PM GMT)....I appreciate your good will suggestions. So nice to see hear from Pakistan brother. Thank you.

  • praveen4honestremark on July 10, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    I wish you recover soon with god's blessing and also come back onto cricket ground as an more accurate bolwer as you have speed just concentrating on accuracy is required for now before you again re-enter.All the best.

  • CaptainKool on July 9, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    This attitude of losing opportunity to play for India everytime is not understandable to me even if it is not intentional and each and every player get fit and ready to play in IPL. What a joke!

  • Vilander on July 9, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    what ExplicitPlatinum is stating is so correct. India has no clue about handling pace bowlers, we will waste Aaron very soon. He will retire to injuries. IPL is hardly the priority. he can play all IPL he wants after 28

  • Nampally on July 9, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    It looks like Aaron will follow the footsteps of Sreesanth as regards "on going injuries". He should get at the root cause (flaws in his bowling action or inherent birth defect) of his back injuries & correct it rather than address it like a peice meal. Otherwise it will dog him into retirement. It is sad that his pace & talent cannot be put to use. There are not many 145 KPH pace bowlers in India. He needs to look at the big picture rather than focus at IPL.

  • prdpatel on July 9, 2012, 12:54 GMT

    BCCI should make special physio team which took care about pace bowler like varun, dinda ,irfan, munaf and zaheer........ so we would not take disgusting bowler like vinay kumar.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on July 9, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    This guy seems to be India's Shoaib Akhtar. This is coming from a Pak fan. Although, I consider this pattern: Dinda<Vinay Kumar<Aaron<Umesh My opinion is that Dhoni should not make mistakes like Misbah. He should be grooming Umesh under the hands of Zaheer and Irfan Pathan in the squad. Aaron's got pace, but he needs control. This is what happened to Pak's Wahab Riaz. He's got pace, but has a much more terrible radar compared to Aaron. I see Aaron and Umesh as bright potentials but BCCI must limit their T20 exposure. Make them play more Test matches.

  • dsig3 on July 9, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    Needs to get a bit fitter by the looks of him.

  • landl47 on July 9, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    This must be worrying for him. His IPL future is in doubt.

  • Empty-Sequence on July 9, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Hope he gets fit for the next IPL.

  • on July 9, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    This is just a joke. It may be unfortunate, but already having a 'history' of back injuries sounds like someone who is 31 and not 21.

  • on July 9, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    unfortunate hope Aaron will go through proper rehab and come back fitter stronger and more importantly with a good work ethic...

  • DEV_ME on July 9, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Why is Aaron 'back' in NCA ? Dosent NCA stand for 'National Cricket Academy' ? Asron went in to IPL knowing fully that he has a tender back. He accepts that he had niggles during IPL. Even the DD team gave him only 8 matches after halfway in to the competition. Aaron's injury has recurred during IPL and not when on National Duty. So why NCA for rehab ? These guys make use of national facilities to recover and play for their personal gains and are unfit when India duty calls. Send him back to Jharkhand.

  • on July 9, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    Another Munaf Patel in making.

  • eGVishal on July 9, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    It still worries me that after so many incidents of bowlers being injured, there is no injury management. There should have spend a little over this little issue. BCCI having so much of money should have had this a long time ago. BCCI should also start a fast bowler hunting procedure, these bowlers should be picked at a very young age and should be nourished and looked after so that we can have a good pace battery along with spinners club. Young pool management is need of the hour. Hope varun recovers soon and bowls for India.

  • satish619chandar on July 9, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    This si really sad.. When the team badly needs some backup in pace battery, a guy who can provide is off now.. Only Umesh now has the pace and wish that he stays in the team for some while.. Varun will be in as soon as he proves himself match fit.. Wish a speedy recovery..

  • KarmatBaig on July 9, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    There young cricketers these days have become a laughing stock. They hardly play any cricket but regularly remain unfit.

  • on July 9, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    what was the need for rushing him to play the IPL so soon after the injury.Only to be trashed on slow flat piches by the likes of bravo. Its high time BCCI nurses the few rare genuine fast bowlers we have got. I commend the way ECB has taken care of its fast men. BCCI must have a policy for preserving fast bowlers.

  • B.C.G on July 9, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    He's as brittle as the Aussies.

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  • B.C.G on July 9, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    He's as brittle as the Aussies.

  • on July 9, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    what was the need for rushing him to play the IPL so soon after the injury.Only to be trashed on slow flat piches by the likes of bravo. Its high time BCCI nurses the few rare genuine fast bowlers we have got. I commend the way ECB has taken care of its fast men. BCCI must have a policy for preserving fast bowlers.

  • KarmatBaig on July 9, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    There young cricketers these days have become a laughing stock. They hardly play any cricket but regularly remain unfit.

  • satish619chandar on July 9, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    This si really sad.. When the team badly needs some backup in pace battery, a guy who can provide is off now.. Only Umesh now has the pace and wish that he stays in the team for some while.. Varun will be in as soon as he proves himself match fit.. Wish a speedy recovery..

  • eGVishal on July 9, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    It still worries me that after so many incidents of bowlers being injured, there is no injury management. There should have spend a little over this little issue. BCCI having so much of money should have had this a long time ago. BCCI should also start a fast bowler hunting procedure, these bowlers should be picked at a very young age and should be nourished and looked after so that we can have a good pace battery along with spinners club. Young pool management is need of the hour. Hope varun recovers soon and bowls for India.

  • on July 9, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    Another Munaf Patel in making.

  • DEV_ME on July 9, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Why is Aaron 'back' in NCA ? Dosent NCA stand for 'National Cricket Academy' ? Asron went in to IPL knowing fully that he has a tender back. He accepts that he had niggles during IPL. Even the DD team gave him only 8 matches after halfway in to the competition. Aaron's injury has recurred during IPL and not when on National Duty. So why NCA for rehab ? These guys make use of national facilities to recover and play for their personal gains and are unfit when India duty calls. Send him back to Jharkhand.

  • on July 9, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    unfortunate hope Aaron will go through proper rehab and come back fitter stronger and more importantly with a good work ethic...

  • on July 9, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    This is just a joke. It may be unfortunate, but already having a 'history' of back injuries sounds like someone who is 31 and not 21.

  • Empty-Sequence on July 9, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Hope he gets fit for the next IPL.