India all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin has revealed how he managed to play during the five-match Test series against England despite suffering from sports hernia. The offie was just 60-70% fit during the series but still emerged as the highest wicket-taker with 28 scalps.
“I had athletic pubalgia (sports hernia) and I have managed that since the series against England. I needed the break to recoup before the Test series. The break was about rehab, about training and doing active recovery. It basically occupied most of my time. It was all about getting ready for the Test series. It Is very important to get back to your drawing room and do things that help you relax before an important series. These series can be exhaustive both mentally and physically. It is crucial to recharge your batteries,” said Ashwin.
Ashwin, after undergoing an operation, came back for the limited-overs series but was rested for the three T20Is that followed the ODIs. He skipped the Ranji Trophy games after being named in the Tamil Nadu squad for the quarter-final against Karnataka.
He accepted that injury concerns have been an issue for him but hopes to be fully fit for the four-Test series against Australia.
“I will try to get through the 20 days. My injury concerns have been a bit of an issue. It was on the back of my mind in the last two series. Against New Zealand and England, I could perform only 60-70 percent of my potential. I’m trying to get better and put more strength on my body. Sports Hernia is something that can’t be managed easily. It’s been a big challenge for me. It takes a lot of time to warm up these days.”
“I don’t think I would want to extend one wicket more than what Anil Kumble achieved. If I did it would be a matter of great honour.”
The Test series between India and Australia starts on February 23 with the first match to be played in Pune.