KL Rahul injury, IPL 2023
LSG captain KL Rahul (third left) goes off the field after being injured during their match against RCB in IPL 2023. Photo: BCCI/IPL

KL Rahul rules himself out of IPL 2023, WTC final, to undergo thigh surgery

India’s top-order batter KL Rahul on Friday (May 5) announced that he has been ruled out of the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final against Australia as he is slated to undergo a thigh surgery on the advice of his medical team.

Rahul, the captain of the Lucknow Super Giants, has been ruled out for an indefinite period due to the injury he sustained during an Indian Premier League game against Royal Challengers Bangalore earlier this week. He is also ruled out of the ongoing IPL 2023.

The WTC final will be played at the Oval in London from June 7.

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“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,” Rahul said in a statement he uploaded on his social media handles.

“After careful consideration and consultation with the medical team, it’s been concluded that I’ll be undergoing a 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,” he said.

Expressing disappointment for not being able to continue with the IPL, the LSG skipper wished his team good luck for future matches.

“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,” the posted.

Expressing gratitude to fans for supporting him, Rahul said he will keep them updated on h his progress.

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“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,” he posted.

(With inputs from agencies)

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