India news July 9, 2012

Aaron suffers injury setback

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    BCCI can afford to pay Aaron to NOT play the IPL

  • Manesh 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.

  • Shiv 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.

  • Dummy4 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 ....

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Praveen 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.

  • Praveen 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.

  • Hardik 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!

  • Muthuvel 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

  • Ashok 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.

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