IPL 2023: LSG Player Mohsin Khan's Timely Doctor Visit Saves Bowling Hand From Amputation

Last year, the fast bowler underwent surgery to remove blood clots in his bowling shoulder.

Left-arm fast bowler Mohsin Khan narrowly escaped the risk of having his bowling hand amputated by seeking medical assistance at the crucial moment, as disclosed by the player from Lucknow Super Giants after his exceptional performance that led to victory against the Mumbai Indians in the IPL.

Charged with the responsibility of defending a mere 11 runs in the last over against the formidable duo of Tim David and Cameron Green, Mohsin conceded only five runs, significantly contributing to his team's triumph and bringing them closer to securing a place in the playoffs on Tuesday night.

Following a surgical procedure to address blood clots in his bowling shoulder the previous year, the fast bowler found himself sidelined for a significant portion of the 2023 IPL season due to a shoulder injury on his bowling hand while representing LSG.

Speaking at the post-match press conference, Mohsin reflected on the challenging period, stating, "It was an incredibly difficult time, and there was a moment when I had lost all hope of returning to cricket. I couldn't even raise my hand, let alone bowl." He recounted his arduous battle with the injury.

"I was not able to straighten it (my hand), my physio worked alongside me. It was medical related, it was quite scary, as the doctor had said if I was late by another month they would have had to amputate my hand," he added.

Injury derailed Mohsin's progress

Despite delivering an exceptional performance last year, the 24-year-old cricketer from Uttar Pradesh endured a setback as he was forced to sit out the entire domestic season and a significant portion of the ongoing IPL due to the injury.

His appearance in the current IPL match marked only his second game of the season.

"Regarding my injury, I would first like to say that no cricketer should suffer this kind of condition. It was quite strange, my artery was blocked, my nerve was blocked."

Acknowledging the support he received, the young cricketer expressed his gratitude, saying, "But my association's (Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association) Rajeev Shukla sir, LSG's Sanjeev (Goenka) sir, my family helped me a lot. They gave their best, but still I was struggling before and after the surgery." When discussing his strategy for the final over, he revealed his intention to execute the techniques practiced during training.

"Obviously there is pressure when bowling the last over, but I was speaking to the captain that I would be looking to execute what I have been doing during practice. So I followed that and backed myself," Mohsin said.

"I was not thinking that I have to defend 11 runs or 10 runs, my aim was to just bowl six good balls, and thankfully, it worked. I had the confidence in my ability, irrespective of who I was bowling to, and the ball was also reversing a bit."

Franchise's decision and Mohsin's resilience

Following his extended absence from the season, the franchise made the decision to enlist Jaydev Unadkat, a left-arm seamer from Saurashtra and India, as a replacement at the IPL auction last December. However, they chose to retain Mohsin in the squad.

Expressing his future plans, he shared, "I will strive to maintain my fitness and participate in matches as frequently as I can. Throughout my rehabilitation and training, I remained with the team."

"As you are aware now, my father was discharged yesterday (on Monday) only as he had suffered a brain stroke. I had gone to the hospital to see him, told him that he would get well, and see me playing. He must have been very happy watching me play," he said.