According to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Wriddhiman Saha has sustained a posterosuperior labral tear. The wicket keeper has complained of the same to the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore just after returning from South Africa in January earlier this year.
India have named Dinesh Karthik as their main wicket keeper for the first three Test matches against England without mentioning anything related to Saha’s injury. However, they have now come up with the detailed events related to the nature of Saha’s injury due to media pressure. This is what BCCI said in their media release.
“Wriddhiman Saha reported to the NCA (National Cricket Academy) post the South African tour on 29th January 2018 with a complaint of a left proximal hamstring tendinopathy (pain in the upper left hamstring). Simultaneously he complained of right shoulder pain.”
“Subsequently an MRI scan was done in February which revealed a Labral tear. Appropriate doctor consultations were done with the sports Physician who then advised an ultrasound guided injection, which was duly done.”
“Following the injection, Saha went through a rehabilitation process at the NCA, as advised by the doctors, and on the 19th of March he was discharged by the NCA, having fully recovered from his hamstring and shoulder injuries. Saha then went to play IPL for SRH. On 7th of May he fell twice on his shoulder jarring the joint.”
“On the following day he complained of pain and stiffness in the shoulder to his IPL physiotherapist. Under the supervision of his IPL physiotherapist, he was taken to a doctor in Delhi and a second Ultrasound guided injection was done as per advice of the doctor.”
“Unfortunately, Saha injured his right thumb during the IPL game with x-rays confirming that he had sustained a fracture. At this time, he complained of no shoulder pain or stiffness.”
“A further x ray on 2nd of July revealed that the thumb had healed. On 3rd of July he reported to the NCA for rehabilitation. At that time, he again reported that he was experiencing pain and restriction of movement in his right shoulder. On the 4th of July he underwent an MRI of his right shoulder which revealed that his labral tear had worsened as compared to his previous scan.”
After a complete observation and rehabilitation, Saha’s condition had not improved and he was declared unfit in July 2018. Indian selectors have taken this into consideration while picking the squad for the first three Test matches against England.
Wriddhiman Saha has been advised a labral repair surgery as a further course of action to recover. According to BCCI, the surgery will take place at the end of July 2018 or in the 1st week of August 2018 and the surgery will be done in Manchester, UK.
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