Ashwin hurts his knee during practice session

After around half an hour, the physio made Ashwin do some short strides before he was back to bowling in the nets wearing a knee cap. He had an extended session and didn’t look in much discomfort.

It might not be very serious as, after a 30-minute break, R. Ashwin was back to bowling in the nets.   -  REUTERS

India’s off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin today hurt his right knee during the fielding session ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy final against Pakistan. However it might not be very serious as, after a 30-minute break, he was back to bowling in the nets.

Ashwin and other senior players like skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were going through their customary fielding drills when the tweaker got hurt. Fielding coach R. Sridhar was seen giving catches and Ashwin, while taking one, fell with his whole weight on his right knee. He was seen in considerable pain and had to cut short his fielding practice. Physio Patrick Farhart rushed to him as he was seen hobbling. Ice pack was applied on his right knee and was he given a break.

After around half an hour, Farhart made Ashwin do some short strides before he was back to bowling in the nets wearing a knee cap. He had an extended session and didn’t look in much discomfort.

It was usual net session for the Indian team with chief coach Anil Kumble spending quality time with Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah, who were seen bowling deliveries in the blockhole. Kumble kept a black marker just outside the crease and the two pacers were told to hit the spot. Whenever Hardik pitched it in the right area, Kumble was seen applauding his effort.