IPL - Injury Prone League?
The news that Matthew Hayden
will return home from Australia's on-going tour of the West Indies has Jon Pierik (Herald Sun)
up in arms, since Hayden apparently aggravated his achilles tendon injury while playing in the Indian Premier League.
However, Hayden is not the only player to miss out on international assignments because of an injury sustained or aggravated while playing in the IPL.Zaheer Khan's ankle injury
, which ruled him out of the tour to Australia after just one test as well as the home series against South Africa
, apparently resurfaced while playing in the IPL.
Sachin Tendulkar didn't heed the recommendation by John Gloster
that he take rest. He played the first test against South Africa and ended up missing the rest of the series as well as nearly half of his side's games in the IPL
. Perhaps he was still unfit when he returned, since he didn't exactly fare too well, as is fairly obvious from the numbers: 188 runs from 7 innings at a strike rate of 106
Now, he will be missing two ODI series
because of the injury.
All this makes me wonder if talk about international cricket being more important than the IPL is hogwash. If that indeed were the case, players wouldn't be risking aggravating injuries when they had international commitments immediately after the IPL ended.
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