Former Under 19 captain and national team all-rounder Prithu Baskota has resumed his training after having operation in his right knee.
Prithu has gone operation in May in Australia. It was an injury that has seen him out of international cricket for nine months. Prithu had torned his Anterior Cruciate Ligame (ACL) in October while playing football during a training session just ahead of Nepal’s ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers in November.
The injury forced him out of the Qualifiers from where Nepal qualified for their maiden ICC World Twenty20 appearance held in Bangladesh in March. He then underwent physiotherapy and rehabilitation from the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC) in Delhi making his comeback for the national team for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers held in New Zealand this January.
In a disappointing 50-over Qualifiers where Nepal finished a frustrating ninth, Prithu made 66 against Uganda in the only game that Nepal won but during the match he collided with Sharad Vesawkar as the knee injury recurred.
He underwent minor treatment after his return from New Zealand and was named in the final squad for the ICC World Twenty20 but he failed to prove his fitness and was ruled out. It was later discovered that Prithu needed to undergo surgery.
During his nine-month exile, Prithu had to be a mute spectator in Nepal’s four international tournaments including the World Twenty20, ACC Premier League, Asian Games and ICC World Cricket League Division-III.
Prithu has certainly missed more — Nepal’s Sri Lanka tour where the team will play its first every Twenty20 International bilateral series against Hong Kong — and once again he faces a race against time to prove his fitness ahead of an all-important Division-III tournament.
On Monday, Prithu underwent light training at the TU Stadium and talking to cricketingnepal.com he was itching to get his place back in the national team.
“I have recovered more than 75 percent but I am still not 100 percent fit. Hopefully I will be fully fit within a month,” the former U-19 skippper said.
“I have been undergoing physiotherapy and rehabilitation since I returned from Australia following my operation. I am in a lot relief,” added Prithu who wants to make his comeback with the upcoming Senior One Day National Tournament.
“I am hoping to be ready to play the senior one day national cricket tournament next month and expecting to make comeback from there,” described Prithu.