Manawatu's latest Black Cap Adam Milne is cursing his rotten luck as he faces a frustrating few weeks on the sidelines injured just as he had come into top form.
The 21-year-old fast bowler from Palmerston North had hit his straps in the Twenty20 series against the West Indies and one-day series against India this month, cracking the 150km barrier but he broke down with a side strain in the first one-day game against India on Sunday.
"I'm pretty gutted actually," Milne said.
"I'd just got a few games bowling and I was starting to play all right.
"I'm a bit disappointed but that's part and parcel of bowling fast."
Against India batting star Virat Kohli, Milne fired one down at 153.4km, a mark he was around against the West Indies and had started to consistently hit 150kmh.
During New Zealand's 24-run win over India in Napier he felt a pinch in his side during his eighth over.
He bowled two more deliveries and then something didn't quite feel right so he left the field.
He'll be out of the game for four to six weeks so he is resting for a few days before getting into physio and trying to get his body a bit stronger.
Once he is recovered it is likely he will return via Central Districts in the one-day competition, which starts in March.
There were calls for Milne to be included in the New Zealand test team after his performances in the shorter formats and he did think he was up to it.
"I want to play tests eventually," Milne said.
"If I was called up I'd happily go and play and try and get into the starting XI."
After his debut against Pakistan in 2010, Milne had been on the fringe of the Twenty20 and one-day international squads, only playing five T20s and five ODIs.
But it had all clicked recently for Milne as he became the only bowler in the Black Caps able to hurry the opposition with genuine pace.
Milne felt he had bowled well domestically during the past couple of seasons and had a good New Zealand A tour to India and Sri Lanka, he just hadn't had a chance to do it on the international stage.
Bowling to batting rock stars such as Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni had made him a little nervous but he said he just attacked them like any other batsman.
Since he returned to the international scene with a bang, he quickly became hot property.
He found all the exposure "bizarre" but said it was nice to have some coverage.
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