Reece Topley’s Career – A Tale of Unfulfilled Promises?

Injuries are an unfortunate certitude of sports, and they can have a powerful consequence on a player’s career. Reece Topley’s Career has seen several injuries and can be considered one of the unlucky guys up until now as he has not been able to live up to the early promises he showed. We will discuss how relentless or tolerant the journey has been for him and what his future may retain.

Reece Topley’s Career commenced with being the U19 World Cup Hero 

The 2012 U19 World Cup has given full-fledged cricket a lot of superstars whether it is in the form of Babar Azam or Quinten-De-Kock, Alzarri Joseph or Aiden Makram, Shimron Hetmyer or Adam Zampa. Left Arm quick bowler who also was the leading wicket-taker of that world cup came into sight. A tall man with pretty unique action and would never have endeavored less than being the best fast bowler. 

He was equally good in death overs as he used to make the ball talk in the starting overs. He dismissed several technically reliable Players in that World-cup. His performances in the tournament caught the eye of the cricketing world, and he was soon signed up by Essex.

U19 Star’s success in 2012 was the start of what looked like a promising career, and he was soon earmarked as a future star for England. However, as spoken of earlier, injuries have staved off him from fulfilling that promise to the extent that was expected of him.

Journey to International Debut for Reece Topley 

Between 2012 and 2015, he played for Essex in various domestic competitions, including the County Championship, the Royal London One-Day Cup, and the NatWest T20 Blast.

During this period, the left-arm quick player emerged as a promising young fast bowler with excellent skills and natural talent. He was particularly effective in limited-overs cricket, where he used his height and bounce to trouble the batsmen. In 2013, he helped Essex win the Royal London One-Day Cup, taking 3 wickets in the final against Glamorgan.

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Commencement of Reece Topley’s Career 

England-born fast bowler made his international debut for the England cricket team on June 22, 2015, in a One Day International (ODI) match against New Zealand. The 29 -year old made his debut for England in a T20I against Australia in August 2015 and went on to represent the team in six T20Is and ten ODIs. He was part of England’s squad for the 2016 ICC World T20, where he played a key role in their journey to the final. However, he missed the final due to an injury.

The Inception of Topley’s Injuries 

After his debut, his injuries followed him like a monster, he suffered a stress fracture in his back in 2016, which kept him out of action for a significant period. He returned to action in 2018 but suffered another injury, Surrey’s regular bowler Topley suffered a recurrence of his back injury, which again forced him to miss a significant part of the season.

Side strain: In 2020, Topley suffered a side strain while playing for England in a T20 match against Pakistan. The injury forced him to withdraw from the rest of the series.

 In 2021, he suffered a groin injury during a Vitality Blast T20 match while playing for Sussex. The injury required him to undergo surgery and he was ruled out for the rest of the season. He also sustained an injury while England was playing a Series in Australia right before the world cup which would have been the biggest regret of his Career Since he might have dreamed of being part of World-cup Winning squad.

England’s front-line bowler has just been ruled out of the IPL after playing one match after dislocating his shoulder. He would be desiring to get fit before the world cup as an athlete dreams nothing less than this.

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