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Tuesday , January 8 , 2013
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Aaron eyes comeback in two months

Speedster Varun Aaron, who has been nursing a niggling back injury, is eyeing a comeback in the next couple of months.

The 23-year-old Aaron, who is known for unsettling batsmen with his sheer pace, has been out of action for more than a year, ever since he picked up a back injury during Team India’s home series against West Indies in December 2011.

The seamer, who has been undergoing rehabilitation at Bangalore-based National Cricket Academy ever since, told The Telegraph on Monday that he expected to make a full recovery in the next two-three months.

“I am recovering well and expect to get back on the field in the next two-three months,” Aaron, who is in Jamshedpur, said.

The bowler has also been spending considerable amount of time with his Ranji team-mates who are presently taking on Punjab in a quarterfinal match at the Keenan Stadium. He was seen giving the Jharkhand players some catching practice on Monday and is also supposed to have attended the team meeting.

“Basically I am focusing on physiotherapy sessions right now. They have helped me a lot and I think I am shaping up pretty well,” he said, adding that the doctors had diagnosed him with an ‘L5’ injury, something that is basically connected with the spinal cord of a human being.

“It is a bone injury. But the chances of me making a quick recovery is better now as the bones start to get solid once you cross the age of 23,” Aaron added.

The right-armed speed merchant, did try making a comeback to the international circuit last year, by playing in the Indian Premier League for the Delhi Daredevils.

However, with a back that had not healed completely it was always a gamble. Aaron managed to play only eight matches for the Daredevils, picking up eight wickets, before returning to the NCA with his back pain.

He was later ruled out of the national team that toured Australia and has been ever since cooling his heels and recuperating.

The Jamshedpur lad, known for his teary pace, first made an impression in 2011 when he hurled a 153.5kmph thunderbolt in the domestic circuit during Jharkhand’s Vijay Hazare Trophy final match against Gujarat at the Holkar Stadium.

That delivery, not only shattered Delhi boy Ishant Sharma’s record of 149.5kmph on the speed gun, but also quickly made him an exciting prospect for the national team. The call for Team India came soon after.

The speedster, who has so far claimed three wickets in the one test and six in the four ODIs that he has played, is recovering under the eyes of Dennis Lillee at the NCA.

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