New Delhi. Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav has sustained a serious knee injury and is likely to miss most of his home season after returning midway through the Indian Premier League in the UAE. Kuldeep, who plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL, is out of the Indian team and will have to undergo a lengthy rehabilitation process before returning to competitive cricket. A senior official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which deals with IPL teams, said on the condition of anonymity, “Yes, we have received information that Kuldeep suffered a serious knee injury during a practice session in the UAE. . He probably got his knee bent while fielding and the injury was serious at that time.
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It is learned that Kuldeep recently underwent surgery in Mumbai and it may take four to six months before he returns. Another source with knowledge of the matter said, “Knee injuries are generally serious. First starting work, gaining strength with physiotherapy session at NCA, then light exercises and then net session, the whole process is very long. He will be ready to play the match before it’s over.” On Twitter, Kuldeep posted a picture of himself and Knight Riders head coach Brendon McCullum, who has a birthday on Monday. The source said, “It will be an old picture. Kuldeep is back in India. If I am not wrong, he has already had surgery.
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The last two years have been full of ups and downs for Kuldeep after picking up a five-wicket haul in Sydney. Then head coach Ravi Shastri called him India’s number one spinner in overseas conditions. Things changed drastically from IPL 2019 when Kuldeep’s form declined. The Indian team management did not believe in his ability even on spin-friendly pitches and despite his being in the main team, left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem was fed in the standby players. The 26-year-old from Kanpur has taken a total of 174 wickets in seven Tests, 65 ODIs and 23 T20 Internationals for India. He last played for India on the Sri Lanka tour. He took two wickets for 48 runs in ODIs and two wickets for 30 runs in T20 matches. He played one more ODI and one T20 but he did not get any wicket.