T20 World Cup: Dinesh Karthik has back injury | Cricket News


PERTH: Dinesh Karthik, the oldest member of the Indian team, suffered a back injury during the team’s T20 World Cup match against South Africa on Sunday and is a doubtful starter against Bangladesh in Adelaide.
Karthik, who has had a disappointing tournament with the bat, struggled to cope with the pace, bounce and swing on offer on the Optus Stadium pitch and managed just six off 15 balls in a 52-run -place managed.
At the end of the 15th over, Karthik was seen writhing in pain as he clutched his back and was on his knees.
The physio immediately rushed out and after a few minutes he was seen leaving the ground holding his back.
Although the exact nature of his injury was not known, it appeared to be back spasms that can sometimes occur due to the severe cold experienced in Perth.
That he suffered a back injury was confirmed by his teammate Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
“I know he had a back problem. Of course the physio will give a report and we will have more clarity after that,” Bhuvneshwar said during the post-match media conference.
With India set to play Bangladesh at Adelaide on November 2, Karthik will have just 72 hours to get fit, which also includes a travel day to Adelaide.
Rishabh Pant kept wickets during the last five overs and, considering Karthik’s struggles on the bowling-friendly Australian pitches, it won’t be long before the stalwart from Rourkee is included in the playing XI.


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