Rehabilitation awaits Yusuf Pathan

Yusuf Pathan

Yusuf Pathan

A lengthy rehabilitation awaits Yusuf Pathan, the India and Baroda allrounder, as he begins strength-training on a knee injury. Yusuf hurt his knee while taking a diving catch off the bowling of his brother Irfan during Baroda’s third-round Ranji Trophy game against Haryana, and he now faces long hours in the gym.

“The team physio and doctor have charted out an extensive routine for me so I can get my knee back to full strength, and I expect it to take some time,” Yusuf told reporters. “I am awaiting news from the medical team about exactly what I have to do. Right now the knee is stiff and there’s some pain, so I’m in for a rigorous period of rehabilitation. It will mean a lot of work doing core strength-training in the gym and otherwise, but I cannot determine a date for my first-class return. The medics have estimated between four to eight weeks, which is a long time. I can only remain positive and work under their advice.”

Yusuf, 29, had been dropped after the tour to the West Indies after averaging 10.5 from four ODI innings, but earned a recall to the Twenty20 side to face England. He played that one-off match – which India lost – but did little of note, scoring 12 off 10 and not getting a chance to bowl. His Ranji season hasn’t been a success either, with scores of 9, 10 and 23 to go with a single wicket.

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