Lahore, Dec 3: Pakistan fast bowler Sohail Tanvir, who has been included in the Test and Twenty20 squads for the upcoming tour of New Zealand, has said during the phase in which he was recuperating from a knee injury he consistently feared that his international career was over.
The injury had forced Tanvir to face a long and at times lonely road to recovery, during which he missed the November 2009 tour of New Zealand, the tour of Australia, the 2010 Twenty20 World Cup, the Asia Cup, the tour of England, and the series against South Africa.
"It's been a very tough journey and I've had to put in a tremendous amount of hard work to recover from the knee injury," PakPassion.net quoted Tanvir, as saying.
The 25-year-old further said that his doctors had advised him to rest after undergoing a "career saving surgery" in Australia, which he insists was the most difficult phase of his life.
"I went to Australia for a career saving surgery on my left knee. However, even after the surgery and during the rehabilitation process, at one stage I thought my cricket career was over. I was on crutches for two months after the operation and I couldn't even walk, so playing cricket was far from my mind," Tanvir said.
Tanvir has just appeared in two Tests so far and is yet to impress, having garnered just five wickets at an average of 63.20. But the selectors obviously are investing much faith in him to send him on the tour of New Zealand. He's had more experience in Twenty20 Internationals, taking 11 wickets from 15 matches at an average of 33.18. But his average in domestic Twenty20s (IPL and the like) is far more impressive at 23.50 with 50 wickets from 49 matches to his credit.