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Gautam Gambhir, the associated controversy over shoulder injury

Sometimes, I think why do people behave like this, why do they show that they are ones who cannot be trusted and who are the most dynamic creatures in world. Appreciating a person so much over the years, for his performance as a sports person, as a cricketer, but more for his patriotism, for his dedication and seriousness, for his inspiring personality and for his nature overall. And then suddenly, when something happens, they all just overlook that image of a person and just pretend that the person has been ignorant and is careless.

As we all know Gautam, and how he is on the field as well as off the field, a person who is patriotic and is so much down to the earth has been claimed to have chosen money over nation. I mean that’s pure shit in the context of such a person who believes in Bhagat Singh, the great revolutionary and the biggest patriot in the country so far. I mean being a captain for the Indian National team means much to him and to his fans as well and saying that he just ignored his injury just to lead Kolkata for all the money he has been getting is a pure non-sense. Guys, you need to shut up.

As we all know, that recently, Gautam complained about his shoulder to which Andrew Leipus, the physician of Kolkata Knight Riders have suggested a 6 month long rest from the field. And in these situations, he couldn’t have been selected for the Indian team for the West Indies tour.

Nagraj Golapuddi, ESPN Cricinfo :-

Gautam Gambhir could miss the limited-overs leg of India’s tour of the West Indies next month following the aggravation of a shoulder injury that was sustained during the World Cup final. Gambhir, named India’s captain for that part of the tour, has been advised four to six weeks’ rest by Andrew Leipus, the Kolkata Knight Riders trainer, and could even miss the subsequent tour of England.

If it comes to pass, Gambhir’s absence will leave India without their three best specialist openers – Virender Sehwag has recently undergone shoulder surgery and Sachin Tendulkar has been rested for the short-format games. It will also fuel the debate over the importance given to the IPL vis-a-vis international cricket, and – given that Sehwag also played through the IPL with his injury – raise questions over the responsibility of the BCCI, the IPL franchises and the players.

Gambhir played the IPL Eliminator on Wednesday, the same day Leipus wrote to the BCCI. However, Kolkata’s loss to Mumbai Indians has saved Gambhir and the franchise from having to decide on his further participation in the tournament.

In his letter, addressed to BCCI secretary N Srinivasan, Leipus – a former India physio – said the player felt acute pain in his right shoulder while landing on it in the field at one point during the World Cup final against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede stadium on April 2. Subsequent scans have now revealed a serious injury that would require him to avoid throwing or batting for four to six weeks.

“Gautam arrived in Kolkata at the start of the IPL complaining of a ‘sore shoulder’, the onset of which occurred during the World Cup final,” Leipus’ letter said. “He clearly recollects a fielding incident where he landed on an outstretched arm and felt a catch deep in the shoulder. In the euphoria at the time, his attention was deservedly elsewhere and he didn’t bother telling anyone about it.”

Gambhir, he said, informed him of the shoulder pain when he arrived to play the IPL. “His initial complaints were pain in the shoulder and significant reduction of power in his throw. The clinical findings supported the mechanism of the onset of the acute injury, however, he did report having corticosteroid injections on two occasions over the previous few years,” Leipus stated in his report, a copy of which is available with ESPNcricinfo. “Knowledge of this history leads me to suspect that any internal derangement may have been pre-existing and this recent incident (World Cup final) only served to aggravate or progress the injury (i.e. acute on chronic),” Leipus wrote.

Accordingly, Leipus said, he initiated a plan for management and rehabilitation, post which Gambhir only reported pain “intermittently”. But during Kolkata’s final group match at Eden Gardens on May 22, against Mumbai Indians, Gambhir winced in pain immediately after sending back a throw to the wicketkeeper from the deep. Leipus confirmed that the throw had “aggravated” the pain. The team then travelled for the Eliminator to Mumbai, where Gambhir consulted a prominent Mumbai-based surgeon and had an MRI scan taken.

“Both the doctor and myself believe that he should follow an intensive, supervised and conservative rehabilitation pathway. But for the best outcome, he will need to avoid both throwing and batting for a period of 4-6 weeks. In this regard I would expect that the BCCI medical committee would need to consider the ongoing management of Gautam’s shoulder injury beyond the IPL and the possibility of his missing any immediate future tours until the shoulder is fully rehabilitated,” Leipus said.

If Gambhir does indeed sit out that tour, Suresh Raina, appointed vice-captain, is likely to take over the leadership role.

Now if you think that he is happy, he is not. Because he has missed a great opportunity of his life. A person who still thinks should note down what Gambhir had to say :-

Gautam Gambhir has rubbished claims he covered up a shoulder injury to play in the IPL, saying he did play with discomfort in his right shoulder but was never aware of the extent of the problem. Gambhir said he had felt the discomfort during the World Cup final but as it wasn’t too painful he didn’t think it was a major injury, and hence played the IPL, in which he captained Kolkata Knight Riders. Gambhir could now miss India’s tour of the West Indies, where he was to captain the side during the limited-overs leg, but insists he never put his franchise before playing for India and would not have risked worsening his injury had he known its nature.

“Any modern cricketer knows that by feigning or risking injury he is only jeopardising his own career,” Gambhir told the Hindustan Times. “It is imaginative to say I was covering my injury to play in the IPL. I played with discomfort without realising the gravity of my injury. As a leader, my team needed me, but to say I preferred club over country is ridiculous.”

On Wednesday, Kolkata’s team trainer Andrew Leipus wrote a letter to the BCCI saying Gambhir had complained of a sore shoulder when he arrived in Kolkata for the IPL and subsequent scans had shown a serious injury that would require four to six weeks to heal. The letter said Gambhir recalled landing on his arm during the World Cup final and feeling acute pain. Gambhir said he did not think it was a major injury at the time.

“I felt some discomfort during the World Cup final, while running between the wickets. It didn’t seem major as it wasn’t very painful at the time. Any professional cricketer, playing all three formats, will tell you that niggles are all part of the system.”

Gambhir admitted he might have aggravated the injury during Kolkata’s group-stage match against Mumbai on May 22 in Kolkata but he still didn’t think it would be a problem. Asked why he played Kolkata’s next game, a knockout match in Mumbai on Wednesday, despite Leipus having already written to the BCCI, he said he had not spoken to Leipus about the injury before the game.

“There was an instance during Sunday’s clash against Mumbai Indians when I threw the ball from deep point and felt pain in my right shoulder. I thought it would be fine with a bit of icing or at most I thought I’d get a scan in Mumbai.

“I had an MRI in Mumbai and Leipus got the report. We didn’t discuss it as I was preparing for Sunday’s game, which was a knockout. It will be misleading to blame the BCCI, Andrew or the Kolkata management for this. I don’t think anybody intended to cover up things here.”

Gambhir defended his commitment to the national team saying that he had actually played through injuries when his country had needed it.

“I know how hard I have worked for my national cap and what it means to me. Not many people know that in 2008 I played the Ranji Trophy final against Uttar Pradesh with a swollen left hand. Earlier this year, I played the last Test of the South Africa series with an injured left hand. The swelling was so bad I could barely wear a glove. I am proud of the 93 and 64 I got on one of the most difficult pitches. It is embarrassing to publicise my commitment but I have no choice.”

He also said missing out on leading India in the West Indies would be a huge setback. “I am so keen to lead the side that even during the breaks between IPL matches I’d discuss with Yusuf Pathan our strategy for conditions in the West Indies. Now let us see how it goes. I hear there will be a fitness test and only post that things will get decided.”

Gambhir’s opening partner Virender Sehwag also aggravated a pre-existing injury during the IPL and is likely to miss the Tests in the West Indies. The injuries have sparked a debate over the importance given to the IPL by the BCCI, players and franchises and whether players’ involvement in the IPL puts them at risk of missing international fixtures.

So anyone who has sported a negative opinion on Gambhir needs to shut up and continue to respect the person for his commitment to the team and to the nation. We lone you Gambhir, and will continue to do so ………

Just take care and Get Well Soon…….


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7 responses to “Gautam Gambhir, the associated controversy over shoulder injury

  1. Shourya ⋅

    Gauti_ you are the best batsman of world cricket_ we will miss you in westindies_ please get well soon before england, we are waiting for yor amazing batting with the storm sehwag.

  2. Shourya ⋅

    Gauti_ you are the best batsman of world cricket_ we will miss you in westindies_ please get well soon before england.

  3. Fairy ⋅

    I m a big fan of GAUTAM GAMBHIR n i hav a full trust on him… how can i say rubbish abt him or abt the cotroversies goin abt his injured shoulder…..
    I was very shocked n felt very bad to hear this news abt his injury…. i imidiately prayd that Gauti must get well soon……I fully trust him n i knw he can do anythng for his team n nation to win….. bt along he must also take good care of his health coz evn he is human…….So i feel watevr rubbish written abt his injury shud b ignored, coz it wil give more pain…..
    It is truely said dat wen he plays well people treat him as God bt wen sumthng happens (like injiry) then people say bad thngs…. I don’t understand y people keep changing faces…….I hate such kind of people…..
    I am 100% with Gautam n i fully support him….. ya its sad to knw that he will b missing in game against west indies, bt we will wait for Gauti to arrive back n play good matches……..
    My GOOD LUCK wishes to GAUTI n GET WELL SOON…….. will surely pray………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    -From Gautam Gambhir’s bigesssssssssttttt fan………
    LOVE U GAUTI………..

    • I just support you like anything, you have spoken such true things from your heart and i love you for that.
      Gautam is a great player and he deserves appreciation which he is not getting………….

  4. Thanks for supporting me……….i will surely appreciate him n is fully on his side…..
    ALL THE BEST TO GAUTI for playing against England…..
    have 100% trust in him n knw dat he will deliver best result here too…….

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