Sourav Ganguly suggests KL Rahul's replacement in WTC final India squad
New Delhi : On Friday, Sourav Ganguly, the former chief of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), stated that the decision on who will replace KL Rahul as the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman for the upcoming World Test Championship final rests with Indian cricket coach Rahul Dravid. KL Rahul recently announced on Instagram that he would be unable to participate in the WTC final against Australia and the remainder of the Indian Premier League due to an injury. Rahul had been included in the 15-man Indian Test squad that was announced by the BCCI on April 25.
Ganguly suggested that Rahane is present in the squad as a potential replacement, but ultimately it is up to Dravid to determine the most suitable candidate. "It's for Rahul Dravid to decide, Rahane is there," Ganguly informed the media.
Rahul confirmed on Instagram that he will be undergoing surgery on his thigh, which will prevent him from participating in the World Test Championship final against Australia on June 7 at The Oval.
"Update - After careful consideration and consultation with the medical team, it's been concluded that I'll be undergoing surgery on my thigh shortly. My focus will be on my rehabilitation and recovery in the coming weeks. It's a tough call to make, but I know it's the right one to ensure a full recovery. As the team captain, it pains me deeply not to be able to be there during this crucial period. But, I'm confident that the boys will rise to the occasion and give their best performance as always. I'll be cheering for them from the sidelines with all of you, watching every game. @lucknowsupergiants," Rahul said.
"Absolutely gutted that I won't be at the Oval next month with Team India. I'll do everything I can to get back in blue and help my country. That has always been my focus and priority. @indiancricketteam. I want to express gratitude to each one of you - my fans, that gave me the strength to get back up, the LSG management and the BCCI for their promptness, and my teammates for their unwavering support during this difficult time. Your encouragement and messages mean a lot to me and motivate me to come back stronger and fitter than ever before," he added."Meanwhile, I promise to keep you all updated on my progress and hope to be back on the field sooner than soon. The last few days have been really hard, but I'm determined to come out on top. Injuries are never easy, but I'll give it my all as always. Thank you for all the support and good wishes," he added.
During the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on May 1, the LSG captain KL Rahul suffered an injury. While chasing a ball in the outfield in the second over, he grabbed his thigh and then hobbled off the field.