Bhuvneshwar Kumar suddenly finds himself plagued by the mishap of tremendous uncertainty and no fixed period has been determined for his injury layoff yet. A fixed period of recovery is still a distant afterthought as the course of action needed to treat the fast bowler’s sports hernia hasn’t yet been decided for sure. The 29-year-old is himself in the dark about this and he might have to undergo a potential surgery as well.
“First thing is getting fit and I don’t know when I will get fit,” Bhuvneshwar told PTI in an exclusive interview. “World T20 is still good nine months away. I am not thinking about that.”
After the T20I series against West Indies, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was diagnosed with a sports hernia. This came after a long and exhausting injury-riddled 15-month period since the Johannesburg Test in 2018 where he was a man of the match and has suffered serious fitness setbacks within that period.
With all the talk and debate surrounding the role of the National Cricket Academy concerning player rehabilitation and injury management with Hardik Pandya and JaspritBumrah both receiving private care for their injuries, Bhuvneshwar decided to go with a neutral stand surrounding the detection of his injury.
“It’s an individual’s responsibility or wishes whether he want to go to the NCA or not,” Bhuvneshwar said. “It’s up to BCCI as to how they are going to take it. They must have had a chat with the NCA. NCA must have tried their best but I don’t know what went wrong and why they couldn’t diagnose. Still, I am not the right person to comment on that as it might say something else and BCCI will come up with something else.”
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has pretty much been a frequent visitor to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru ever since he suffered from the back injury during the 2018 season of the Indian Premier League. Since then, he has seen intermittent and inconsistent action in white-ball cricket and has struggled with rhythm and continuity, something he admitted in Australia last year while trying to rediscover his form. He was included in India’s squad for the World Cup in England and despite beginning the campaign, he was sidelined for a while after suffering a hamstring injury during the clash in the group stage against Pakistan but did return later in the tournament.
He was ruled out of the T20Is against Australia, South Africa, and Bangladesh as he was busy rehabilitating at the NCA in Bengaluru after picking up a side strain in the West Indies.
Bhuvneshwar’s future hangs in the balance as there is still no consensus on what medical procedure they will undertake to treat his sports hernia. He might be prescribed a surgical procedure, which is the routine for most sports hernias. Despite these uncertainties, Bhuvneshwar has been very professional given the occupational hazards of the sport and is “not at all heartbroken.”
“There is no surety of surgery, but generally, the standard procedure in case of sports hernia is surgery. But we still need to make an appointment and I am not sure where it’s going to be. But we are trying to get it as soon as possible.
“Till I consult a doctor, can’t say when will be the comeback as it will depend on the diagnosis and treatment plan. Injuries can be frustrating at times but I am not at all heartbroken. It’s part and parcel of our journey. I was in good rhythm against the West Indies. I want to be back at my best but as I said I don’t know what will be the treatment like. So whatever the doctor says will go with that thing only,” he said.
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