KL Rahul, the captain of Lucknow Super Giants, has been ruled out of IPL 2023 due to an injury, which could be a hamstring or hip injury. He has already left the franchise camp and is in Mumbai for scans. The BCCI has taken over his case, and the results of the scans will determine his participation in the World Test Championship final in London. There is a high probability that Rahul will also miss the WTC final. The LSG management has not decided whether to seek a replacement for him. Krunal Pandya has been named skipper in his place. There is also uncertainty over Jaydev Unadkat’s situation in the WTC. The Indian team will leave for London for the WTC final immediately after the league stage of the IPL, most likely on May 23.
Unfortunately, there is still no official statement on the exact nature of Rahul’s injury. However, it is speculated that he could be suffering from a hamstring or hip injury, and his recent hernia surgery may also be a factor in his recovery. The National Cricket Academy (NCA) team is monitoring his treatment, but as of now, there is no word on his progress.
LSG management has not yet made a decision on whether to seek a replacement for Rahul or not, and Krunal Pandya has already been named the new skipper in his absence. With only four league games left for LSG this season, it remains to be seen if they qualify for the playoffs, and if so, whether they will need a replacement for Rahul.
The Indian team is expected to leave for London for the WTC final immediately after the league stage of the IPL, which ends on May 21. If any players are involved in the playoffs, they will leave for the UK at a later date. Jaydev Unadkat’s situation regarding the WTC is also unclear, and the BCCI may name replacement(s) once the situation is clarified. However, Ishan Kishan is a strong candidate to replace Rahul as the second wicketkeeper for the one-off Test.
In conclusion, KL Rahul’s injury comes as a big blow for the Indian cricket team ahead of the much-anticipated World Test Championship final against New Zealand. It remains to be seen who will replace him as the wicketkeeper-batsman in the playing XI. However, it is clear that the Indian team will have to quickly adapt to the new situation and find a way to win the title without one of their star performers. The fans will be eagerly waiting to see how the Indian team performs in the final and whether they can clinch their first-ever World Test Championship title.