KL Rahul got injured after the first Test vs New Zealand at Kanpur    AFP
KL Rahul missed the last two Tests vs New Zealand due to hamstring AFP

India‘s prominent player, in recent times, KL Rahul has stated that it is not easy to make a comeback from injury. Rahul was a part of India’s Test squad which toured West Indies and played the home series against New Zealand. However, Rahul got injured after the first Test at Kanpur with a hamstring and was left out of the rest of the series. Rahul has also not been included in the five One-Day International (ODI) series against New Zealand which starts with the first ODI at Dharamshala as he is yet to recover. He was replaced by Shikhar Dhawan in the second Test at Kolkata and after the left-hander also got injured, he was replaced by Gautam Gambhir. Rahul made 32 and 38 in the two innings in first Test at Kanpur.

According to Mid Day, the Karnataka player is one of the only three Indians, along with Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma, to have made an international century in all three formats of the game, admits coming back from where he left after injury will be an uphill task.

“You really can’t stay away from injury and coming back after injury is never easy. Injuries, small or big, they tend to keep happening to you,” told the 24-year-old. About the extent of his injury, Rahul said things were not serious and is positive about making a comeback soon, although he can not predict the exact date of his return.

Rahul further stated, “A huge part of me wanted to be part of that team (who won the series against the Kiwis). When you’re in good touch, you want to carry on playing after having represented your country. I really don’t want to be sitting at home and watching cricket matches. But injuries are part of the game, so I had to sit at home.”

On India’s demolition over the BlackCaps and earning the No. 1 Test team tag, he said, “India played incredible cricket, both in Kolkata and Indore.”

“The injury was persisting for a few days (in Kanpur). Right now I am working with Andrew Leipus (Chief Physiotherapist at National Cricket Academy in Bangalore) and Rajinikanth (NCA trainer). I have been doing strength training and am working thoroughly on my fitness to ensure I get back into shape. When I come back, I will get time to adjust and then I wish to take off from where I left scoring runs,” he concluded.