CSK vs RR: Ravi Shastri criticise Deepak Chahar & Indian Players for Frequent injuries: Renowned commentator, Ravi Shastri minced no words as he took a dig at Indian players suffering frequent injuries. Shastri criticised such players calling them, “permanent residents of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.”
The former Indian head coach wasn’t pleased with how a few of the top Indian players are getting injured frequently despite playing minimal cricket throughout the year.
Notably, Shastri’s sarcastic comments came after CSK pacer Deepak Chahar suffered another hamstring blow during the MI vs CSK fixture at the Wankhede Stadium. Chahar was seen limping while bowling his second over against Mumbai Indians, a couple of nights ago. He was immediately attended by the CSK physio and got the treatment.
Chahar returned back to the dressing room after completing his second over against MI and then never returned back. In fact, Deepak Chahar has missed CSK vs RR fixture as well.
Ravi Shastri reckons that it’s unreal to see players getting injured again and again despite not playing consistent cricket.
“Let us put it in this way, there are quite a few players who have become permanent residents of the NCA. Soon they will get a residence permit there, to walk in any time they want. And it is not a good thing. It’s unreal,” said Ravi Shastri on ESPNCricinfo digital video.
“I mean you are not playing that much cricket to be injured again and again. You can’t even play four matches on the trot. Then why are you going to NCA for? I mean you come back and after three matches you are back there,” he added.
The seasoned broadcaster urged the cricketers to be fit enough to play decent cricket so that no one’s time and money is wasted.
“Make sure you return fit and come back once and for all. It’s damn frustrating not just for the team but also for the players, BCCI and the captains of the various franchises. It’s annoying, to say the least.”
National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore has a separate section for Sports Science and medical team to assist Indian cricketers with their rehabilitation. The medical team available there works comprehensively with the centrally contracted players to get them back on their best shape.
“I can understand a serious injury. But if after every four game someone touches the hamstring or his groin you start thinking about what is actually going on. And some of them don’t play any other cricket. I mean it’s just four overs and in three hours the game is over. It’s ridiculous,” concluded Ravi Shastri.
It’s important to note that Ravi Shastri’s frustration with Deepak Chahar is justified. Chahar was down for almost eight months in 2022 and even missed the IPL 2022 for CSK. He headed to NCA for rehab for a back injury but ended up suffering a hamstring injury there. He made his comeback in IPL 2023, but two games later, he was again seen touching his hamstring in pain.
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