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Injury blow to Tiwary’s IPL dreams
- Dashing southpaw and state’s batting mainstay leaves for Bangalore to attend rehab sessions

Dashing southpaw Saurabh Tiwary’s IPL 7 run seems to have ended at the starting line, thanks to an old injury in his right shoulder.

The attacking left-hander, who is yet to play a single match for Delhi Daredevils this season, flew to Bangalore on Wednesday for a rehab programme at National Cricket Academy (NCA). With less than a month left for the IPL to end, it seems unlikely that Tiwary will be able to swing his willow in the T20 meet’s 2014 edition.

“I have aggravated my shoulder injury. I am leaving for Bangalore and have no idea how long it would take for the injury to heal. I have my fingers crossed and would be able to comment on my fitness only after a couple of rehab sessions,” Tiwary told The Telegraph from Calcutta before boarding a flight to Bangalore.

Tiwary had sustained a tissue tear in his right shoulder while donning Jharkhand cap in Ranji one-dayers in Calcutta last year. The injury was operated upon at New Delhi-based Rockland Hospital in August.

The 24 year-old returned to Jamshedpur in September and joined the Ranji camp. He trained under Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) physio Amit Dubey, but the shoulder pain was far from gone.

Earlier this year, the former Jharkhand Ranji skipper got an MRI done. He played all Ranji matches last season and emerged as the top scorer with over 650 runs, but had to skip Duleep Trophy, Deodhar Trophy and Challenger Trophy when the injury aggravated.

A former Ranji cricketer alleged that the state cricket body overlooked the seriousness of Tiwary’s injury and said the southpaw should have been sent to NCA much earlier. He added that though the left-hander is not under a contract with BCCI, JSCA could have recommended for his rehab.

“Was the JSCA unaware that Tiwary had to skip three tournaments owing to his injury? Did it not strike them that it was a serious injury?,” asked the former cricketer, refusing to be named.

He also revealed that the JSCA was yet to reimburse Tiwary for the surgery and the MRI. “As of now, the state body has only promised to reimburse him. One does not expect JSCA to be so uncaring. After all, Tiwary is the mainstay of Jharkhand’s batting order,” he said, adding that Tiwary struggled against pain and put in ‘extra effort’ to score runs for the state side.

State cricket association secretary Rajesh Verma told The Telegraph that it was only during the IPL that Tiwary approached them for rehab sessions in Bangalore. “As soon as he called us from Dubai and informed that his injury had aggravated, we recommended the BCCI to send him for the rehab sessions. He is on his way to Bangalore and will be under the treatment of NCA head physio Ashish Kaushik,” he said.

Verma admitted that they did not take the southpaw’s injury seriously as he continued to perform in the Ranji matches. “We knew about his injury, but could not gauge it was so serious as he played all Ranji matches and kept scoring tons of runs,” Verma said.