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IPL 2020: The edition of injuries

Shubham Sharma

After crossing a lot of hurdles, Indian Premier League(IPL) 2020 has finally begun. Now, something finally seems moving to a normal, providing delight to spectators. However, the health and fitness of the players have got severely affected. As a result, they are easily getting prone to injuries. The first 3 matches of this season have already witnessed more than 3 such on-field injuries. Let’s have a look at them.

The injurious inauguration of DC

Initiating from Delhi capitals, their Marky players have caught injuries. This is the major reason for worry.

The frontline bowler Ishant Sharma, who was already suffering from ankle injuries since series against New Zealand, recently recovered from it and was declared fit for IPL. Unfortunately, the right arm pacer has got his back injury during a practice session on nets on Saturday. Thus, he wasn’t available for the first match of his team on Sunday against KXIP. A support staff member has confirmed that he’ll remain unavailable for some of the initial matches.

Another cherry in this injurious cake is added by an injury that occurred to Ravichandran Ashwin in action against KXIP. The right-arm spinner started his season with a wonderful wicket on his first ball of the match. Another he took on the 3rd ball of the same over. Unfortunately, at the last ball, while diving in an attempt to nullify a shot, his left shoulder hit hard on the ground. Ashwin was seen in severe pain after this incident. He was taken by support staff out of the field and didn’t play in the rest of the match. However, after the scan reports, Ashwin has confirmed that the reports are encouraging, and hopefully he’ll back in action from the very next match. However, the final decision will be taken by team physio as said by Shreyas Iyer.

English player Jason Roy also pulled his name out of the tournament for DC. The reason is highly suspected as his side strain injury.

MI vs CSK: The game of injuries

The season started with a game of injuries between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.

Key player of MI, Nathan CoulterNile is still suffering from his niggles injury. Thus, he’s still unavailable  for the team. MI purchased him worth Rs 8 crores in the auction, which shows his importance in the team.

Dwayne Bravo was not included in Chennai squad owing to his knee injury during CPL.

For MI, Saurabh Tiwary was given preference over Ishan Kishan. Later it was revealed that it was due to Ishan’s shoulder niggle he sustained.

SRH: First match brought a defeat with 3 injuries

The first match of SRH brought many worries for the team.

Initially, key player Kane Williamson sustained his quad injury before match. This was a major setback for the team.

As his replacement, the team decided to play with other 2 all-rounders. This included Mitchell Marsh and Rashid Khan. Ironically, the replacements of an injury brought further injuries to the team.

Firstly, Marsh while bowling an excellent over, injured his ankle due to twisting. He was also taken by support staff out of the field. Had he bowled his complete spell, the result of the match might have resulted differently. This has put his participation in the entire tournament under suspicion.

Secondly, Rashid Khan while running between the wickets collided with his partner Abhishek Sharma. For several minutes, he laid on the pitch. After some immediate treatment, he stood up and continued to play.

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Suspicious wounds still awaiting  

Keeping aside the confirmed injuries, another injury suspicions before the match are already soaring.

English pacer Harry Gurney has already lost his position in the team of KKR after a shoulder injury. He will not be playing for the team this entire season.

These are the instances from the very first 3 matches of the edition. With the increasing extremity, the injuries can arise.

The reasons for these wounds are obvious. In wake of COVID’19, all the sports activities were shut down. This affected the stamina, agility, stamina and coordination of players to a greater extent. Though the majority of them have some sort of facilities such as an indoor gym or nets inside their homes, still the open arena of practising was missing. The intense training schedules were destroyed due to termination of camps.

As a result, the mental, physical and congenital abilities were greatly disturbed. As a result, after more than a 6-month long break, when they are now back in the field are facing certain difficulties to cope up with the changed scenario. Conditions such as regular Corona Test, Bio Bubble and compulsory quarantine have loaded an extra mental burden on their shoulders. These were the reasons why players like Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh took their names back from the tournament. However, these are necessary for a conducive tournament.

Thus, it is pertinent that the management must think of providing an open environment for the players. Regular rotation, recreational activities can serve this better. After all, it’s about their whole career!!

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