IPL 2021: KKR's Kuldeep Yadav returns from UAE following knee injury, likely to miss domestic season
Kuldeep Yadav has suffered a knee injury and is back from UAE, as he would be missing out on the IPL 2021 remainder with Kolkata Knight Riders. However, it is also expected that he would miss most of the domestic season.
Indian chainman spinner Kuldeep Yadav has suffered a knee injury on his recent Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 stint in the United Arab Emirates. As a result, he has come back from the gulf, while he would be missing out on the season remaining.
However, PTI reports that the extent of his knee injury seems to be severe, and he would be undergoing a lengthy rehabilitation process. As a result, it is also possible that he would miss most of the upcoming domestic season.
A senior official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has told PTI that during one of the training sessions of KKR, Kuldeep inappropriately twisted his knee while fielding. It was immediately assessed that he could not participate in the season-remainder and was flown back to India.
The report adds that Kuldeep has already undergone surgery in Mumbai. However, it could take him five to six months before returning to action.
Explaining the rehab process, the source said that since knee injuries are harsh, it's a lengthy procedure involving re-starting training, strength training, and intense physiotherapy conducted in the National Cricket Academy. However, he failed to affirm if Kuldeep would be ready for the domestic white-ball season when the Ranji Trophy concludes.
Kuldeep has been out of favour for Team India, as since IPL 2019, his career has been on a downward spiral. Being termed the best modern Indian spinner overseas by head coach Ravi Shastri, the national selectors have lost faith in him, as he has not been chosen even on rank-turners of late.