Mandeep Singh entered this year’s Indian Premier League with an eye on selection for the national as he was the member of the Indian team for the T20I series against England earlier this year and also played for India A under the captaincy of MS Dhoni against England.

Being part of Royal Challengers Bangalore, the confidence of Mandeep was already high as RCB side was the runner-up last year. Though he just got one game last season but this time, it was an opportunity for him due to the fact that there was neither KL nor Virat Kohli (for starting phase). However, Mandeep failed to live up the expectations as he could just manage 188 runs in 10 innings, at a poor average of 18.80. with only two crucial knocks in the tournament.

His only half-century came against Kolkata Knight Riders in Bengaluru. Apart from that, he had just one 40+ score and failed throughout the season. RCB side too failed and finished the tournament as the last placed team o0n the points table with just three wins.

Before Mandeep could take some time to come out of it, another concern came forward as a disc prolapse in lower back has further added to woes of the batsman, who could have found a place in Indian A team for South Africa series but now he needs time to attain fitness and eyes next domestic season for comeback, which means that he will be out of action for at leat 3-4 months,

“I had a niggling pain in my lower back for one year. I was taking painkillers to keep the pain away. However, the pain was unbearable in the last 10 days. I met physio Patrick Farhat in Bengaluru and he thought the condition had worsened and I needed to get an MRI done,” Said Mandeep.

I have consulted other physiotherapists at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) keeping in mind the MRI results. I would try to avoid the surgery and go into rest and rehab period to treat the back. It is not easy to bear failure with form. I was being moved up and down in the batting order and the form was not clicking. I was down in the dumps. I have had good showings for RCB in the past. The failure was hard to digest. I would be going by NCA physio’s advice. I will go into four weeks of rehab followed by strengthening. It is still an off season; I want to be fit before the domestic season starts. I have to start again and aim for Indian team berth,” Mandeep added, with an  eye on a spot in the Indian team.

This is surely a disappointing news for the batsman as the A tour could have helped him get back in the Indian team, even in shorter format but now it is confirmed that Mandeep will miss out on the action for a further few months and will only return to play for Punjab in the upcoming domestic season.


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