Bangalore, Pretr. India’s T20 specialist pacer Deepak Chahar will take another four to five weeks to fully recover from a hamstring injury. He was ruled out of the entire IPL season due to this injury. Chahar and another centrally contracted cricketer Washington Sundar are recovering from a hand injury. Both these players are undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) along with T Natarajan.
Spin all-rounder Washington is set to travel to England to represent England’s county side Lancashire. A BCCI source said, “Washington is close to regaining full fitness and will need to spend time on the field to gain the momentum which he will find only in red-ball cricket. He is going to play for Lancashire. This will keep him in a better position.
Chahar, who was injured during the home series against West Indies in Kolkata, looked in good shape during his morning session at the NCA. He said after his rehab session, ‘I am doing four to five overs bowling exercises at a time right now as per my rehab schedule. My recovery (recovering from injury) is going very well and I think it will take another four to five weeks for me to regain the fitness I need for the match.
The Rajasthan pacer admitted that it will not be possible for him to be fit until India play the T20I series against England in the second week of July. “As far as recovery is concerned, it is a step by step process. I don’t think I will be fit for England T20. Once I am match fit, I will have to play some club level matches to check my fitness.
Chahar, however, looked comfortable during the batting practice here. He is hopeful that he will regain fitness before the West Indies tour. The swing bowler said, ‘I can’t say so clearly, but I will definitely try to get fit till then.’ India is scheduled to play three ODIs and five T20Is in the West Indies from July 22 to August 7.
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