KL Rahul ruled out of IPL 2023, likely to miss WTC Final
New Delhi : KL Rahul's IPL 2023 campaign has concluded, and he has already departed from the Lucknow Super Giants' team camp. According to official reports, the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman is currently in Mumbai undergoing scans.
The outcome of these scans will determine Rahul's availability for the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final in London, scheduled for early next month. As of Thursday night, the National Cricket Academy (NCA) team responsible for his treatment has not provided any updates to the concerned parties, including the team management. However, those aware of the situation are not particularly optimistic, and it is highly likely that Rahul will miss the WTC final.
The nature of Rahul's injury has been subject to speculation, as neither the Lucknow Super Giants' management nor the BCCI has released an official statement. There are suggestions that he might be dealing with a hamstring or hip injury. It is worth noting that Rahul underwent hernia surgery in Germany just over 10 months ago, and all relevant factors are being taken into consideration.
The Lucknow Super Giants' management has yet to decide whether they will seek a replacement for Rahul. With only four league games remaining in the season, and the possibility of additional playoff matches if they qualify, the decision becomes more crucial. Krunal Pandya has already been named the captain in Rahul's absence.
Jaydev Unadkat's situation regarding the WTC final remains uncertain, despite being ruled out of the IPL. The BCCI will announce replacement(s) once there is clarity. However, it is evident that Ishan Kishan, who recently featured in the Indian team, could be the likely second-choice wicketkeeper for the one-off Test. As mentioned earlier, the situation with Unadkat is still unclear.
Meanwhile, it has been learned that the Indian team will depart for London immediately after the conclusion of the IPL league stage, which is expected to end on May 21, possibly on May 23. Players involved in the IPL playoffs will travel to the UK at a later date.