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Gill Expected To Be Fit For UAE Leg of IPL 2021

Shubman Gill is on his way to full recovery and should be available for the Indian Premier League’s UAE leg (IPL). According to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the young opener has been rehabbing at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore for two weeks and is expected to be discharged well before the IPL, according to his franchise’s assessment.  “We are quite hopeful that he will be available for the IPL,” Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore said.

Returning From England

Gill stayed at home in July after returning from England to recover from an injury to his left shin and has been working out at the NCA since the beginning of this month. The NCA staff is said to be treading carefully, forcing him to work on an Alter-G machine, which is an anti-gravity treadmill that helps you run lighter. Gill would only have 60% of his body weight on his legs when running on the machine, putting significantly less pressure on his lower body. He is claimed to be reacting well, and his training will be intensified in the following days.

“He is not feeling pain. Gradually his workload will be increased – from slow jogging to running twice-thrice a week. We’re confident he will be fine by the IPL which is anyway a month away,”   says the source.

The Kolkata Knight Riders are to fly to Abu Dhabi on August 27. Gill, who returned from the World T20 final in England, may not be fit to travel with the squad this month, but he will most likely join his IPL colleagues in the first week of September. On September 19, the IPL will resume.

Natarajan will fly to Dubai with the SRH; CSK has confirmed Hazlewood’s availability.

Meanwhile, T Natarajan, the India pacer, has healed and should be able to travel with the Sunrisers Hyderabad team, which is scheduled to depart for Dubai on August 31. Natarajan had knee surgery in April and has spent the last three months in and out of the NCA. The left-arm pacer’s medical judgment is that he is fit enough to be freed from the NCA before the end of the month.

“We’ve got the go-ahead and he will be traveling with us to Dubai on August 31,” an SRH official said.

Josh Hazlewood will be available for the IPL, according to the Chennai Super Kings. Kasi Viswanathan, the franchise’s CEO, said that the Australian pacer, who was a member of the national squad on tours to the West Indies and Bangladesh, has informed the franchise of his availability for the tournament’s second leg. According to the rules, CSK must leave out Jason Behrendorff, who was brought in to replace Hazlewood at the start of the IPL in April. By August 20, all teams must inform the BCCI of their final squads for the remaining 31 games.

Some members of the CSK side, including skipper MS Dhoni, have already arrived in Dubai, while the Mumbai Indians have just arrived in Abu Dhabi. The Delhi Capitals’ players will go to the United Arab Emirates on August 21, while the Punjab Kings’ players will leave on August 29. The Royal Challengers Bangalore contingent will depart before the end of the month, while Rajasthan Royals members will arrive in Dubai on September 2.

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