Ajinkya Rahane on Thursday said that he will need at least six to eight weeks to recover from the hamstring injury he sustained while playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2022. 

The 30-year-old was ruled out of the season after suffering a ‘bad hamstring injury’ while playing against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Kolkata did not qualify for the playoffs. 

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“That (injury) was really unfortunate. But my rehab is going really well. I am recovering really well. I was in Bangalore (at the NCA) for nearly 10 days and I am going there again for my rehab and recovery. It’s been on track,” Rahane told PTI.

The India Test veteran was picked by KKR for Rs 1 crore in the mega-auction. He scored 133 runs from seven matches. 

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“So right now my only focus is on getting better. Get fit as soon as possible and be on the field. I am not sure (when) I will be able to get (fully) fit, it is expected to be around 6-8 weeks but at this moment it is about taking one day at a time, one week at a time,” he said. 

Rahane further said that Kolkata provided a family atmosphere to the players. 

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“My experience with KKR was really good. I really enjoyed playing for KKR and the atmosphere there was really good. It is kind of a family atmosphere. We enjoyed each other’s success on and off the field but unfortunately we couldn’t qualify for the play-offs. They (KKR team management) gave me a lot of freedom to play my game and I thought it was something special. Playing under (then KKR head coach) Brendon McCullum, I learnt a lot.” Rahane,” he added.