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K L Rahul out of IPL 2023; doubtful for WTC final

Last updated on: May 03, 2023 17:27 IST
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Pacer Jaydev Unadkat is also ruled out of IPL 2023 after sustaining a fall in the nets and injuring his shoulder as a consequence.

IMAGE: K L Rahul with CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in Lucknow on Wednesday. Photograph: BCCI

Lucknow Super Giants skipper K L Rahul in all likelihood will take no further part in IPL 2023 after sustaining a serious thigh injury during team's last game against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday.


Veteran pacer Jaydev Unadkat's shoulder condition is serious and he too is ruled out of the IPL, reported PTI.

It is understood that it will be a race against time for BCCI Sports Science & Medical Team to get the senior batter-keeper Rahul ready for World Test Championship final in London from June 7 to 11.

Rahul injured his right thigh while sprinting towards boundary to a Faf du Plessis cover drive off Marcus Stoinis bowling.

"KL is currently with the team in Lucknow but he is leaving the camp on Thursday after watching the game against CSK on Wednesday. His scans will be done in Mumbai at the BCCI designated medical facility. His case as well as Jaydev's case will be handled by BCCI," a senior BCCI source privy to development told PTI.

The source also confirmed that no scans have been done till now.

"When someone sustains an injury like this, there is considerable amount of pain and swelling that is there in and around the area. The swelling takes around 24 to 48 hours to heal and only after that can you perform the scan.

"Since he is an important member of Test team, it would only be prudent that he doesn't take any further part in IPL," he further added.

"Once the scans ascertain the degree of injury, the BCCI medical team will decide the course of action," said the source.

KL Rahul will be racing against time to be fit for the WTC final next month

IMAGE: KL Rahul will be racing against time to be fit for the WTC final next month. Photograph: BCCI

It is understood that even in case of Unadkat, things aren't looking great at the moment.

"Yes, it's a good thing that Jaydev doesn't have a dislocation but the shoulder isn't in great shape and he can't play IPL any more, as far as this season is concerned. Also we can't say if he will get fit in time for WTC final," he concluded.

While practising during a nets session on May 1, as Unadkat ran in to bowl, his foot got caught into the side net and he fell awkwardly on the ground.

It has been reported that Unadkat travelled to Mumbai for scans and he also consulted with BCCI official medical staff. He is now likely to head to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru to start his rehab to regain fitness before the WTC final.

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