Mumbai: With several instances of players suffering breakdowns and relapses in their excitement to make a comeback post into active cricket, post serious injuries.
With a history of players like Rohit Sharma with quadriceps, KL Rahul with hamstring, Shikhar Dhawan with a thumb fracture) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar with back injury in the list, Kumble feels that “communication with players is key” as one can understand their eagerness to comeback.
“Whether doing well or not, communication with injured players is equally important. Having played the game, I know exactly what goes through players’ mind while watching somebody else playing. While he expects the team and that player to do well, it is important to keep all of them in loop,” Kumble added.
“Timing of injuries is not ideal for them. They realise it’s an occupational hazard. One should not look at coming back quickly. That might not help the individual and also let the team down. I believe in comeback when someone is 100 percent. We are trying to set certain protocols. We want people to play domestic cricket if its happening. Play under pressure before coming back.
“One needs to understand that injuries are part and parcel of a player’s life.”
He was disheartened and worried for both Rahul and Rohit, who have recently sustained serious thigh injuries which might need surgical procedures.
“It is unfortunate that KL Rahul, who batted brilliantly is missing out. So is Bhuvi, Shikhar. And it’s a big blow for Rohit. Specially feel sad for Rohit as he was doing well in Test format. Obviously we all know the importance of Rohit in shorter format.”