Indian cricket fans were left dismayed when it was announced that star batter KL Rahul suffered an unfortunate injury during a recent IPL match between his team, Lucknow Super Giants, and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The 31-year-old was running to save a boundary when he hurt his right leg, which could rule him out of action for a significant amount of time.
Although neither LSG management nor the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed the extent of Rahul’s injury, it is believed that he will no longer feature in IPL 2023, and there is a very small chance for him to make it to the World Test Championship finale against Australia at The Oval from June 7. The results of his scans will provide more information about his injury, and the BCCI will make a decision accordingly. Follow your favourite IPL team with attractive cricket betting odds from 1xBet.
According to reports, Rahul is currently in Mumbai for scans, and BCCI officials and NCA doctors will assess his condition and make a call on his future. The Mangalore-born cricketer could be suffering from a hamstring or hip injury, which could be related to his sports hernia surgery in Germany ten months ago.
Considering Rahul’s recent surgery and the nature of his injury, all factors will be taken into account before he makes his return. If he is indeed ruled out of the WTC final, Ishan Kishan is likely to replace him in the Indian squad. The 24-year-old wicketkeeper-batter was part of the national squad in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy but was dropped from the squad as India bid to claim the World Test Championship 2021-23. With very limited options available, Kishan is the favourite to travel to England and act as KS Bharat’s backup if Rahul fails to recover on time.
In addition to Rahul, left-handed pacer Jaydev Unadkat’s injury is also a matter of concern for the Indian management. Unadkat hurt his shoulder during practice and is already ruled out of the 16th edition of the cash-rich league. Thus, there are some uncertainties if Unadkat can recover on time and travel with the squad for the WTC final.
Despite these setbacks, the Indian team is still hopeful of a strong showing in the WTC final. It has been confirmed that members of the Indian team who do not qualify for the IPL playoffs will leave for London immediately after the league stage of the IPL, which ends on May 21. With the WTC final just around the corner, the Indian team will need to regroup and focus on their preparation for this crucial match. Follow all updates related to the WTC Final only on 1xBet Sports.