Thu, 26 May 2011 11:59:07 GMT | By Rajesh Viswanathan, India Syndicate

Indian Premier League’s national casualties

What do Lasith Malinga, Chris Gayle and Gautam Gambhir have in common? For an IPL fan, the answer lies in their performances in the tournament but a real cricket fan will tell you the real story. Wake up ‘national’ cricket fan. Tomorrow will never be the same again.


Indian Premier League’s national casualties

Gautam Gambhir was wreathing in pain during the eliminator match of IPL-4 against Mumbai Indians. The costliest player of IPL-4 is now proving costly for the Indian national side just before their West Indies tour, where the southpaw was to be donning the role of a captain. It was an absolutely disastrous move to play Gambhir in such a situation.

The worst part of the whole Gambhir saga is that it did not begin just before the eliminator. The 'crisis man' of Indian cricket had crisis strike him during the final of World Cup, when he sustained a bad shoulder injury when he stretched his arm for a tough catch. The fall then was so heavy that a weak-shouldered Gambhir's arm suffered quite a blow.

At that time, it was quite clear that Gambhir could ill afford to risk aggravating the problem. He should have ideally cooled his heels for a period of at least 3 weeks to get back into good shape. Instead, Gambhir played all 15 games KKR have played this season in IPL-4 and that has proved to be disastrous for Gambhir and for India.

By playing the whole of IPL-4, Gambhir has rubbed salt into his own injury. Reports suggest he is also struggling with groin injury, which he picked up during the IPL-4. Given all this, it would take nothing less than a miracle for Gambhir to take the flight to the Caribbean Islands for leading the Indian side. Already, there are talks of Suresh Raina taking over as captain of Indian cricket team for the ODI series, although an official confirmation is still awaited from the BCCI.

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