Adil Rashid reveals how he battled severe pain to help England lift maiden World Cup trophy
England spinner Adil Rashid has revealed he could have missed the 2019 World Cup due to a chronic shoulder injury but managed to continue after taking two pain-killing injections. Rashid played a vital role in helping England dominate in the group stages and lift their maiden World Cup crown after an eventful final at the iconic Lord's Stadium. However, the spinner has now opened up on how he battled intense pain to realise his ultimate dream of being called a world champion.
Rashid took two pain-killing injections before the start of the World Cup - one a month-and-a-half before the tournament got underway and the second one just a week before. He said the pain he endured was 'upsetting' and didn't let him play his natural game. The spinner, however, managed to play as many as eleven games during the World Cup and returned with eleven wickets.
“Even if my shoulder was falling off I’d have been keen to play. I had to find a way and the injection was the only thing I could do before the World Cup. If I didn’t take the injection I don’t reckon I would have played a part because it was that bad," Rashid told BBC's Test Match Special.
“Before the [first] injection it was painful. I couldn’t lift my arm with the ball. The steroid injection helped by numbing the area but the actual pain is still there – just not to an extreme. It was a bit upsetting I couldn’t just come in and bowl how I wanted to bowl in terms of pace, wrong-uns, variations. It restricted me but I had to find a way," he added.
Rashid has not played for England since the conclusion of the World Cup and will be returning to action in the upcoming five-match T20I series against New Zealand which is scheduled to get underway from Friday. Rashid played for England XI against New Zealand XI on Sunday, picking up two wickets in his quota of four overs.