• Tue. Feb 27th, 2024

“I Knew I Was Going Home”

“I Knew I Was Going Home”

England limited overs specialist Reece Topley has recalled his early exit from IPL 2023 due to a shoulder injury. The left-handed seamer revealed that he knew he would not be able to play in the tournament and was only focused on getting back to full fitness as soon as possible.

Topley, who was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for Rs 1.9 crore in the IPL 2023 auction, bowled just two overs before injuring his shoulder while fielding. He struck out Cameron Greene and was ruled out of the following games.

The 29-year-old recalled that he knew he was going to return home the moment he was injured. As quoted by ESPN Cricinfo, the towering seamer stated:

“I knew I was going home. When I put my humerus bone in front of my pec in Bangalore, I thought, ‘Oh, how soon can I get home to have surgery?’ It wasn’t like I was going to hang around or anything, it was like let’s get out of here.”

The left-handed seamer suffered four stress fractures between 2016 and 2020. However, 12 months ago, he recorded his best ODI figures of 9.5-2-24-6 in a thrashing of India at Lord’s.

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Reese Topley. (Image credit: Getty)

Topley has set his sights on playing in the 2023 World Cup and returning to international cricket with ODIs against Ireland and New Zealand. He added:

“I’m really excited. There’s a lot of talk about 50-over cricket, but with a World Cup on the horizon, there are other things you can say you prioritize ahead of 50-over cricket. It’s a good run-in with hundreds, but those ODI series against Ireland and New Zealand in October are for New Zealand in October.”

England will host Ireland in three ODIs starting on September 20, four T20Is in New Zealand starting on August 30 and several ODIs.

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