Kuldeep Yadav has been ruled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season with a knee injury. The spinner twisted his knee during a practice session in the UAE and has since returned to India. He was anyways not playing in the XI and it is understood that this will be long layoff for the cricketer with a long rehabilitation process required.
“Yes, we got the information that Kuldeep sustained a nasty knee injury during a practice session in UAE. Apparently while fielding, he twisted his knee and it was really bad at that point. There was no chance that he could have taken any further part and was sent back to India,” a senior BCCI official said according to Times of India.
The chinaman bowler has also undergone surgery already in Mumbai and is likely to miss the most parts of the domestic season. “Knee injuries are generally bad. It’s a very long process from starting to work and then getting strength back through intense physiotherapy sessions at the NCA, followed by light intensity training and finally starting with net sessions.
“It can’t be said with certainty that Kuldeep will be match ready by the time Ranji Trophy ends,” a source informed. This is a telling blow for Kuldeep whose career was going nowhere with no opportunities either for India or at KKR. Since the 2019 World Cup, he got a very few chances and his confidence was hit as well.
The recent injury doesn’t help either now and might go down the pecking order even more as he won’t be able to play any competitive for next four to six months.