India batsman Rohit Sharma has admitted that he was frightened about the uncharted territory he found himself in when he injured his thigh in October last year.
Rohit sustained the injury while taking a run in an ODI against New Zealand and subsequently underwent surgery in London.
Having spent five months on the sidelines, the 29-year-old used the time to get himself healthy, and he is now ready to captain the Mumbai Indians at the Indian Premier League (IPL), which starts on Wednesday.
Rohit made his domestic return last month and represented Mumbai in two Vijay Hazare Trophy matches. However, he withdrew from the Deodhar Trophy with a minor knee problem.
“To be honest, I was scared when that [injury] happened,” he said. “It’s something which has never happened to me. I heard a very loud noise while taking a run. I was little scared until we got an MRI done, I did not know what to expect and what it was.
“We spoke to a lot of doctors around and with Patrick [Farhat, the India physiotherapist] as well. They all gave me the confidence saying it was not a major problem; it’s just a small injury that you need to go through. Being a sportsperson, you have to be strong. I went through it quite comfortably.”
The injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for Rohit as he was making a case for himself in Test cricket. Ultimately, he could only feature in three of the 13 Tests India played during their recently concluded home season.
“It was tough to sit in the hotel room, watching the team play. It is always tough. But I guess you have to go through it. I have been through it many times before,” he said. “When you know you are injured, doing your rehab and stuff. It is hard to be in that position and see the team play. The most important thing for me was not to get frustrated and do unnecessary or unwanted things. So I was completely focussed on my rehab and make sure these things don’t happen in the future.”
Rohit also admitted that his road to recovery was a tough one as he had to regain some of the strength he lost as a result of the injury.
“Credit to the NCA staff for putting that effort. When you have a big injury you tend to lose a lot of muscle and that weakens your strength a bit,” he added. “So the big challenge for me was to gain that muscle back first and become a lot stronger. There were a lot of things I focussed on and thankfully, I am back on my feet and ready to play.”