KL Rahul bars himself from rest of IPL 2023, WTC Final; undergo thigh surgery | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: India team he took a beating as a first-rate batsman on Friday KL Raul ruled himself out of the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final against Australia in June.
Rahul, who suffered a thigh injury during the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on May 1, will also be sidelined for the rest of the ongoing Indian Premier League.
Rahul is ready to undergo thigh surgery on the advice of his medical team.
Rahul, the captain of the Lucknow Super Giants is now out for an indefinite period following the injury he sustained earlier this week.
THE WTC Final will be played at the Oval in London from 7 June.
The other players who are unavailable due to injuries are Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant.
“Absolutely gutted not to be at the Oval next month with Team India. I will do everything I can to get back in blue and help my country. This has always been my focus and priority,” Rahul said in a statement . he has uploaded to his social media handles.

“After careful consideration and consultation with the medical team, it has been concluded that I will be undergoing thigh surgery shortly.
“My focus will be on my rehabilitation and recovery over the next few weeks. It’s a tough call to make, but I know it’s the right one to ensure a full recovery,” he added.
Meanwhile, its IPL franchise also issued a press release saying the batsman suffered a significant hamstring tear and was facing a “long layoff”.
“… Further tests and scans have unfortunately confirmed a significant tear to his tendon which will require surgery,” LSG said in the release.
“We are continuing to provide all possible support to KL at this difficult time and are working with him to ensure he is given the best care on his road to recovery. However, the scale of the injury means he is set for a long layoff, which include the rest of this IPL season.”
Rahul was injured while trying to stop a boundary against RCB at Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow after which he limped off the pitch with the help of the team physio and a player who was on the reserve list.
“As team captain, it pains me deeply not to be able to be present in this crucial period. But I am confident that the lads will rise to the occasion and give their best performance as always. I will be cheering there from the sidelines with all of you, watching every game,” Rahul said.
“I want to express my gratitude to each of you: my fans, who gave me the strength to get back on my feet, LSG management and BCCI for their promptness, and my teammates for their unwavering support in this difficult time.”
Chasing 127 in Monday’s game, Rahul came back to bat at number 11 but struggled running between wickets, as RCB won in the last over.
“…I promise to keep you posted on my progress and I hope to be back on the pitch as soon as possible. The last few days have been really tough but I am determined to win.
“Injuries are never easy but I will give my all as always. Thanks for all the support and well wishes,” said Rahul.
In the absence of their regular skipper, experienced all-rounder Krunal Pandya led the team against RCB and in their following match against Chennai Super Kings which finished scoreless after LSG battled 125/7 in 19.2 over by batting first.

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“His presence on and off the field will be greatly missed by the Super Giants as we continue to push to reach the playoffs for the second year in a row. We can’t wait to see KL get back on the field doing what they do best, and I hope come back as soon as possible,” the franchise added.
(With inputs from PTI)


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