Injured Corbin still focused

What is broken can often times be mended with time and Barbados top order batsman Kyle Corbin is hoping that will be his fate.

The talented right-handed opener twisted his right knee during national trials at Weymouth, and is now at his St James residence recovering after a successful surgery done by one of this island’s best surgeons in Dr. Jerry Thorne.

Explaining how strenuous these past few weeks has been for him, Corbin told Barbados TODAY he would continue to fight through because he has a passionate desire to get back onto the field and pursue his ultimate goal of representing Barbados once again and hopefully get a call up to the senior West Indies team.

Barbados opener Kyle Corbin is recovering well from surgery. (Picture by Morissa Lindsay)

“It was tough for me the first four days having to operate on crutches and dealing with the pain but after those four days, I was able to operate without the crutches thanks to my support team. I am making progress and taking it one day at a time. My main concern was getting the surgery done and now I am doing rehab with Dr. King [Jacqueline] which has been going really well. I don’t want to aggravate the injury but I want to get back on the field as soon as possible and get my career back on track,” said Corbin, who explained he would be out of competitive cricket for the next six to eight weeks depending on how his therapy goes.

The 27-year-old has represented Barbados at all levels, was part of Combined Campuses and Colleges in his earlier days and is now a member of the successful Sagicor Life University of the West Indies team that won their fifth consecutive Barbados Cricket Association Sagicor General Twenty20 Championship this year.

Corbin has a maiden First Class hundred to his name having scored 108 during the 2010/2011 Regional Four Day Competition against the Leeward Islands but has since failed to go on and make big scores. However, the former Lodge School student said he has forgotten about what has been and is looking forward to what is ahead.

Having played in the Barbados senior team beside Kraigg Brathwaite, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse and Shai Hope who scored two brilliant centuries a few days ago for West Indies currently on tour in England, Corbin said how happy he was to see his peers doing well on the international scene and expressed confidence that he too will be in maroon colours very soon.

“Whatever happened in the past is gone. I am at a point in my life now at the age of twenty-seven where I really understand the game, my strengths and weaknesses a lot better. Some people do it before but for the average sports person, twenty-seven is the age where you really sort of bloom. And being unable to play cricket for a little while, I had a lot of down time to reflect in terms of where I want to go, the type of individual I am now from when I first started out in the game, and just my whole attitude in general.

“It is so good to see those guys doing well on the international scene and it says a lot for Barbados’ cricket. But where I am concerned, it does not stop at Barbados cricket for me, I have my eyes set on the highest level. So for me it is to get fitter and put in big performances when I return because a high standard has been set by Kraigg and those guys. So once I get fit, then I will work with Floyd Reifer and my coaches at UWI to get back playing club cricket and then move forward from there,” he said.

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