Injuries and Cricket have a long history. Many careers have been altered due to injuries and even some lives lost. The recent one being the Phil Hughes story. It was really sad end to his career. Head injuries however are very rare due to the modern protective gear. The top injuries which alter careers are:
- Hamstring Strain – Cricket is a sport which puts a lot of pressure on the lower half of the leg, especially the hamstring. Bowlers and batsmen both are affected. Bowlers more as their part of the game is more demanding on the body. It accounts for around 15% of all cricket injuries. Bowlers should take special care as they are the most affected by this injury.
- Lower Back pain – This is the injury which forced Michael Clarke to take an early retirement from Cricket. It mostly happens due to bending for long periods and the most common injury among Test Batsmen who bat for long periods. It accounts for around 10% of all injuries.Muscle strengthening can help but once this injury comes up it invariably shortens the career.
- Side Strain – It is the tearing of internal oblique muscle. It mostly happens to bowlers and takes 3 to 4 weeks to come back to the game. It is not career threatening but is the most common injury. Accounts for over 40% of cricket injuries.
Yes the English came on top in Ashes. They really played well? I think the Australians were a little bit erratic and that cost them. England has found Joe Root. He is the backbone of their batting, and he was the one who won it for them. BUt let alone the 3-2 victory, it also was the occasion of Michael Clarke retiring from all forms of cricket. Clarke had already retired from One-Day after winning the World Cup, but the final retirement was not that sweet. He did not score runs, was under lots of pressure and finally buckled. All retirements are not fairy tales like Sachin Tendulkar. Lots of luck Pup on a new innings in life.
On the other side in Sri Lanka another great man was retiring. Kumar Sangakkara had it all planned. He was due to retire last year but continued to help his team. Here too the retirement was not in a win. In fact India thumped Sri Lanka in the test in which Sangakkara retired to level 1-1. They went on to win the next test and the series. However the retirement of Sangakkara was a great celebrated affair. In spite of the defeat so many stalwarts of cricket were present to felicitate him. The moving speech was given by Sunil Gavaskar who spoke about how much Sanga had given to World cricket. Sanga also gave a speech and it was the first time I saw him being emotional on TV. Thanks Sanga for entertaining us.