India’s star batsman and T20I captain Suryakumar Yadav will fly to Germany for a sports hernia surgery, according to a BCCI source. The injury has ruled him out of the upcoming T20I series against Afghanistan and the subsequent Test series against England.
Suryakumar Yadav, who is the number one ranked T20I batsman in the world, suffered an ankle injury during the T20I series against South Africa last month. He was initially named in the squad for the Afghanistan T20Is, but later withdrew after further scans revealed that he had a sports hernia, a painful condition that affects the groin area.
What is Sports Hernia?
A sports hernia, also known as athletic pubalgia, is a strain or tear in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments of the lower abdominal and groin region. It is a common injury among athletes involved in sports that require sudden changes in direction, twisting movements, or repetitive stress on the pelvic area. Some of the causes and symptoms of a sports hernia are:
- Repetitive Movements: Sports hernias often result from repetitive movements such as those seen in sports like soccer, hockey, football, and tennis. Activities that involve cutting, pivoting, or sudden changes in direction can contribute to the development of a sports hernia.
- Weakness or Imbalance: Weakness or imbalance in the muscles surrounding the pelvis and lower abdomen can increase the risk of a sports hernia. This may be due to inadequate strength training, poor conditioning, or muscle imbalances.
- Groin Pain: The primary symptom is usually persistent, dull, or sharp pain in the groin area. The pain may worsen with certain movements, such as twisting or turning.
- Tenderness: Tenderness or sensitivity to touch in the lower abdominal or pubic region.
- Pain during Activities: Pain may be felt during specific activities, especially those that involve quick changes in direction or intense abdominal muscle contraction.
- Swelling: Some individuals may experience swelling in the groin area.
Suryakumar is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, where he is being monitored by the BCCI medical team. He is expected to travel to Munich in the next few days, where he will undergo surgery at a specialised clinic. The BCCI source said that the surgery is expected to be successful and that Suryakumar will be back on the field soon.
Suryakumar’s absence is a big blow for India, who are set to play three T20Is against Afghanistan in Lucknow from January 15 to 19.
India will have to find a suitable replacement for Suryakumar Yadav in both the T20I as they aim to maintain their dominance in the ICC rankings. India are currently the number one ranked team in both formats, with Afghanistan at number Ten in T20Is.