5 injuries to cricketers that turned out to be a lucky break for another player
Each year, a number of cricketers rise through the ranks, performing continuously at the domestic level to try their luck for the national side. As talented as a cricketer might be, luck does play its part in shaping a career. Sometimes, a player is out of favour from the side and needs a bit of luck to find his way back.
In the recently concluded Indian Premier League, Mandeep Singh was injured minutes before RCB’s cricket match against the Gujarat Lions, making way for KL Rahul. He grabbed the chance with both hands and hit his first fifty for the franchise. That was the start of a good run of form that continued till the series against Zimbabwe. Here's a list of five injuries that turned out to be lucky for another cricketer:
#1 Chris Gayle replacing Dirk Nannes
Gayle was not picked up for any team in the auctions leading to the IPL 2011 after teams feared that he won’t be available for the entire edition owing to international commitments. Overlooked for the Pakistan tour as well, Gayle stayed at home despite recuperating from his injury.
Dirk Nannes, originally picked for the RCB squad, sustained a side strain and was ruled out of the season. Chris Gayle was lined up as replacement and was eventually afforded the opportunity to play for the Bangalore franchise and the burly Jamaican has never looked back since. He scored a mammoth 600 runs in the 2011 edition and has scored five centuries for them ever since. It was in stark contrast to his stint with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the first few editions.