Vriitya Aravind prioritized playing in the UAE’s crucial match against Nepal over getting an X-ray for his injured hand.
While batting against Hong Kong, Aravind was hit on his right hand, but he chose not to have a scan fearing it would reveal a break.
The UAE won the match and advanced to face Nepal in the semi-final of the T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier, where the winner would secure a spot in the next year’s World Cup.
Aravind commended the UAE physio, Dr. Manish Pardeshi, for preparing him to play by administering painkillers and providing a lightweight cast for his injured hand.
Despite the injury and getting hit in the same spot, Aravind recorded his highest T20 international score since 2022, but UAE ultimately lost to Nepal.
Aravind explained his aversion to scans on his fingers due to his role as a wicketkeeper and his expectation of injuries. He expressed gratitude towards the physio for his support and stimulation treatments.
Aravind refrained from fielding practice due to numbness caused by the cast. With five overs remaining, Pardeshi removed the cast, and Aravind hit two sixes and a four in the final overs.
UAE captain Muhammad Waseem praised Aravind’s effort but acknowledged that the team fell short in posting a competitive total.
Aravind expressed disappointment over missing the opportunity to play in the World Cup but emphasized the growth opportunities for the young squad.
Aravind, only 21 years old, played his 100th limited-overs international for the UAE, highlighting the team’s youthful composition.
The loss in Kathmandu serves as a learning experience for the UAE’s young players, similar to what Nepal experienced after losing to the UAE in a previous fixture.
Aravind looks forward to the team’s growth, resilience, and future success in upcoming tournaments.
Updated: November 04, 2023, 7:08 AM
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