Proteas spinner Keshav Maharaj remains hopeful that he will be fit for the ODI World Cup in India from October.
Maharaj suffered a complete rupture of his left achilles tendon while celebrating a successful appeal for lbw during the second Test against the West Indies at the Wanderers in March. He went under the knife a few days later.
“I just allowed myself to wallow in self-pity and sulk for two days. After that I lifted my head,” Maharaj told Rapport newspaper. “My wife, Lerisha, and my parents, Athma and Kanchan, were part of an incredible support base that encouraged me and took me to the medics for appointments.”
It remains unclear whether Maharaj will be available for the Proteas’ home white-ball series against Australia in August and September, and the ODI World Cup.
“I am optimistic about my chances of recovery and keeping my fingers crossed,” he said. “I am still in a brace boot and do rehabilitation exercises five times a week with physiotherapist Renaav Singh and biokineticist Gavin Muir.
Singh told the newspaper: “Keshav is on track to recover within the next three months. He is slightly ahead of schedule and will soon be out of his brace boot. However, it is too early to venture any predictions.”