The issue of too
much cricket and subsequent injury concerns has been lingering for a
while, and the latest to go under the scalpel is Amit Bhandari.
The Indian paceman, who last played against Australia at Perth
and then was part of the national team that won in Pakistan in 2004,
has been diagnosed with ‘slap region tear’, an injury somewhat
similar to what Sachin Tendulkar is currently recuperating from.
Bhandari led Delhi last season, but subsequently resigned,
expressing disgust over the selection of certain players in the
Bhandari will be operated upon this week by orthopaedic surgeon
Dr Pushpinder Bajaj at his private clinic, and is expected to be out
of action for close to three months.
“Bhandari was advised surgery last year itself but at that time,
he was in contention for a place in the Indian team. We both agreed
to postpone, since this injury only affects deep-field throwing, not
bowling,” revealed Dr Bajaj.
“I have to look the extent of the damage and then determine how
much time is needed for rehabilitation. But he should be fit again
in time for the next season,” he added.
The 29-year-old has a problem in his right biceps that aggravated
when he represented his employers ONGC at the inter-Petroleum
tournament in Vadodara earlier this month.
“I suddenly felt a severe pain running through my arm and I
immediately contacted John Gloster (Indian team physiotherapist) who
made me go through an MRI scan.
He then recommended me to Dr Bajaj and advised me to undergo my
operation under his supervision.
I will keep Gloster informed about my status and he has promised
me to work out my rehab plans,” Bhandari told Sportline.
The new domestic season commenes in November and therefore,
according to Bhandari he has ample time to recover and go through
his 10-12 weeks of recuperation and get fit to play in pre-season
tournaments like Buchi Babu tournament at Chennai and JP Atray at
“I will be completely fit and raring for the new season and
that’s the reason I am going for it now. I don’t want to be bothered
by any niggles when I am playing next season,” he concluded on an