Indian off-spinner Varun Chakravarthy’s fitness issues might be a big cause of concern for India ahead of the T20 World Cup 2021. He is currently part of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) franchise playing in the UAE leg of the IPL 2021 season.
BCCI has given an update on Chakravarthy’s problematic knees, revealing that they aren’t in the greatest of condition. The BCCI’s first priority will be to get the off-spinner back in shape but if they fail to do so, the selectors have the provision of making changes to the Indian squad till October 10.
“Varun’s knees are not in the greatest of condition. He is in pain and trust me, had it not been in a T20 World Cup, perhaps even Indian team management wouldn’t have taken the risk of playing him. To be 100 percent fit, he might later require extensive rehab but right now, the focus will be on his pain management during the T20 World Cup,” a BCCI source was quoted as saying to PTI.
“The KKR staff has prepared a conditioning chart for Varun Chakravarthy” – BCCI
His troublesome knees are being monitored by the KKR medical team. The BCCI is in touch with them and the source stated that a specific strength and conditioning chart has been prepared to ensure Varun Chakravarthy stays in top shape.
“As far as I know, the KKR’s support staff has prepared an elaborate strength and conditioning chart for Varun, which is a part of his larger injury management program. He also is administered pain killer injections so that he can bowl his four overs without much difficulty.“
“These are injections, till the time effect remains it helps the pain to subside. You can’t see it on TV, he looks in pain when he is not bowling and moving around the field,” the source said.
Chakravarthy is a big part of the Indian team as his mystery spin could be utilized fully on the UAE pitches that will be prepared for the upcoming T20 World Cup.