Royal yal Challengers Bangalore have suffered twin blow at IPL 10. First It was skipper Virat Kohli who will miss some matches due to shoulder injury. Now comes the news that opener KL Rahul has been ruled out of the Indian Premier League 2017 with a shoulder injury. According to India Today report, Rahul had sustained the injury in the first Test in Pune but he continued to play through the Border-Gavaskar series.
According to Wisden India report, Rahul, who will undergo a surgery in London soon, was aiming to reach full fitness in time for selection in India’s Champions Trophy 2017 squad – the tournament will be played in England and Wales in June.
Rahul’s hoick against Steve O’Keefe in the Indian first innings in Pune revealed his injury as he doubled up in pain even before David Warner had completed the catch. Rahul then scored 10 in the second innings as India went down by 333 runs.
The Karnataka batsman had spoken about how his injury restricted his shot-making during the series against Australia but he still managed to score 393 runs in four matches at an average of over 65 with six half-centuries. He was the third highest run-getter in the series behind Steven Smith (499) and Cheteshwar Pujara (405).
Rahul’s absence will hurt RCB a lot since he played an important role in the team’s reaching the final in 2016 . Given a chance in the XI against Gujarat Lions in Rajkot after Mandeep Singh got injured after the toss, Rahul made the most of the opportunity to end as Bangalore’s third-highest run-getter with a tally of 397 runs in 14 matches, which included four half-centuries. His strike-rate of 146.49 made up for Chris Gayle’s inconsistency in a big way for Bangalore.