injured KL Rahul ruled himself out of Champions Trophy
New Delhi : India opener KL Rahul, has ruled himself out of the Champions Trophy as well after suffering a shoulder injury during the recent Border-Gavaskar series.
The 25-year-old underwent surgery on his left shoulder in England last week and the doctor advised him it might take two-three months to recover. Thus, it's unlikely the elegant right-handed batsman will recover in time for the Champions Trophy starting June 1.
Rahul suffered the shoulder injury during the first Test against Australia in Pune in late February, but played through the series despite the pain. He finished the series as India's second-highest run-getter, with 393 runs at 65.50 including six fifties in seven innings, behind Cheteshwar Pujara (405). India won the series 2-1.
Rahul, who has played just six ODIs for India, participated in all the three one-day matches against England at home in January and is disappointed with the prospect of missing out on further action.
Defending champions India are placed in Group B with arch-rivals Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka in the eight-team event.