Mumbai, May 26: Dr. Anant Joshi, a Mumbai-based renowned orthopedic surgeon, who had been on BCCI and ICC panel for giving medical advice to the players, was unsure why the Indian cricket board chose to send pace-bowler Ashish Nehra to London for the knee surgery when the best treatment is still available in India.
It has become a common practice to send players overseas for the surgeries, although Mohammad Shami had preferred Indian doctor Dinshaw Pardiwala for his knee-operation.
Speaking exclusively, he said, "The question why players are being sent overseas for trivial surgeries is best answered by the BCCI".
Fast bowlers tend to break down more compared to slow bowlers and spinners.
Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera and Dhammika Prasad are the recent examples of fast bowlers undergoing treatment.
"Fast bowlers are more prone to injuries because of the strain that their bodies are subjected to - to generate pace. The action is much more abusive on the body than spin bowling", Dr. Joshi added.
In the meantime, Indian pacer Ashish Nehra is doing "very well" after the surgery, according to Dr. Andrew Williams.
Speaking exclusively over his mobile from London on Wednesday evening, Dr. Williams said, "we performed surgery on Ashish Nehra on Tuesday and is doing fine".
"The operation took place at Fortus Clinic and he was very co-operative during 1-hour long procedure", Dr. added.
"He is a very nice man and told me how this injury happened (in the IPL matches)".
Nehra sustained a high-grade tendon injury and was recommended (to visit this doctor) by team physio (Patrik Farhat.
"It will take at least 3-4 months to fully recover and of course, he will be able to play the game. He is a great bowler", doctor added.
Nehra has been discharged from the hospital on Wednesday but he will be re-examined by the surgeon again after a few days.
"He will return to India and will be under the care of a physiotherapy", Dr. Williams signed off.
Interestingly, former England fast bowlers Andrew Flintoff and Pakistan's Shoaib Akhtar were being treated by Dr. Williams in the past.