The Indian cricket team’s injury management programme has come under scrutiny in the recent times. Stress related injuries to India’s key players like Virat Kohli (Suffered slipped disc post IPL) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Back Injury during the England tour) made people question the management’s methods to keep the players fit.
On Wednesday the team management once again came under the scanner when Hardik Pandya collapsed on field in his follow through. The BCCI Senior Selection Committee announced three forced changes to the Indian squad for the ongoing Asia Cup to replace the injured trio Hardik Pandya-Axar Patel-Shardul Thakur trio after they were deemed unfit for remainder of the tournament.
The BCCI provided details regarding the players injuries as follows:
● Hardik Pandya- Suffered an acute lower back spasm during the game against Pakistan. He is currently being treated and assessed by the BCCI medical team. Fast-Medium pacer Deepak Chahar was announced as his replacement.
● Shardul Thakur- The Right Arm pace bowler suffered right hip and groin soreness after India’s first game against Hong Kong and is replaced by fellow pacer Siddharth Kaul.
● Axar Patel- The southpaw injured his left finger while fielding as a substitute in the match against Pakistan. India’s preferred spin all-rounder for Tests, Ravindra Jadeja makes comeback into the limited overs squad for the first time after the India’s Tour of West Indies’2017 to replace Patel.
The BCCI think-tank will be under pressure and be forced to rethink over their methods to keep the players fit. Previously, BCCI came under the scanner regarding the scheduling of India’s international matches as the players were not able to get enough rest between tours.
“BCCI has also named the substitutes for the three players. Ravindra Jadeja, Siddharth Kaul and Deepak Chahar will be filling the voids left by the injured trio. They are scheduled to join the team today.” With the World Cup’19 not far away fans will be hoping the BCCI takes immediate action to keep all their players fresh and fit for the World Cup at least, if not for all the matches.