30-year-old off-spinner Ravi Ashwin will not need surgery on the sports hernia that has forced him to miss IPL2017, according to his personal coach Sunil Subramanium.
Ashwin is likely to be out for between six and eight weeks after India’s long international home season has taken its toll on a number of players, inlcuding Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli and Lokesh Rahul.
The prolific spinner became the second player, after Mitchell Marsh, from the Rising Pune Supergiant camp to withdraw from the tournament.
“It (a sports hernia) is a terminology used by the doctors,” India’s renowned surgeon Anant Joshi told cricketbadger.com, “How many overs Ashwin bowled this season ? It is not a serious injury. Ashwin needs rest now and no surgery is thought of.
“Sports hernia is a problem known to occur in athletes. In some cases, surgical intervention is required. A couple of athletes have in the past been overseas to get it treated. It does not fall in the domain of an orthopaedic surgeon.
“The BCCI medical team takes decisions and I am currently not a part of this and have no idea who constitutes this,” Dr. Joshi, to whom several players still go to for advice, added.
Dr. Joshi has also served at the ICC’s medical panel.
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