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India wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha will undergo surgery to repair a posterosuperior labral tear in his right shoulder.
Saha will go under the knife in the last week of July or early August in Manchester.
While no specific timeline has been set as to when he will return, it is likely that Saha won’t be able to pick up a bat for two months.
According to a BCCI bulletin, Saha complained of pain in his upper left hamstring at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore on January 29. He also complained of pain in his shoulder, and subsequent scans revealed a labral tear.
Following ‘an ultrasound guided injection’, Saha completed a rehabilitation programme and made a full recovery from both injuries on March 19.
He proceeded to feature in the Indian Premier League (IPL), but while playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in their clash with the Royal Challengers Bangalore on May 7, Saha “fell twice on his shoulder jarring the joint”.
Saha was treated for the injury and returned to action. In the match against the Kolkata Knight Riders on May 25, “Saha injured his right thumb during this game with x-rays confirming that he had sustained a fracture”.
While his thumb injury healed at the start of July, the 33-year-old “again reported that he was experiencing pain and restriction of movement in his right shoulder”.
Scans revealed that the labral tear had worsened and required surgery.
Since Saha will be out of action, Dinesh Karthik has been picked as his replacement for the first three Tests of the upcoming five-Test series against England, while the uncapped Rishabh Pant has been named as the back-up option.