India fast bowler Varun Aaron has injured the quadricep muscle in his right leg during the first ODI against Sri Lanka, which forced him off the field after just 4.1 overs. The BCCI is yet to confirm the extent of the injury, but television commentators, quoting information coming out of Indian dressing room, indicated that Aaron would take no further part in the match, with there being a likelihood of him even missing the entire series.
Aaron had shared the new ball in Cuttack with Umesh Yadav, bowling as usual at a good clip - the broadcaster's speedgun had clocked one of his deliveries at 152.1 kph. Virat Kohli, the stand-in India captain, bowled Aaron for a three-over spell to begin with, before bringing him back immediately at the end of the first Powerplay. But Kohli had to finish Aaron's fifth over after he was forced to leave the ground after bowling just one ball.
Speaking after the game, Kohli said he didn't know how serious the injury was, but did not want to risk doing any further damage to Aaron's leg. "I think he was 70-30, so I didn't want to push him and put him out for the whole season," Kohli said. "I didn't want to take a chance and asked him to rest."
Aaron's short international career has been hampered by various injuries, including a career-threatening back injury two years ago. Aaron, who turned 25 only four days ago, had made a comeback during the series in England earlier this year, where he played the final two Tests. Impressed by his pace, English county Durham signed him as an overseas player.
The India selectors and team management will be hoping the injury is not severe, considering Aaron will be part of their fast-bowling plans for the Australia Test series, which starts from December 4 and is closely followed by the World Cup.