The list of injured players is growing for Royal Challengers Bangalore. First, it was Virat Kohli’s injury that ruled out him from early few matches and now it is KL Rahul who has been ruled out of the entire season of IPL 2017. He will miss the tournament with the shoulder injury he suffered during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
The 24-year old was suffering from a lot of pain while playing against Australia in the recent test series but he continued playing for the national side. This is a massive blow for RCB as being the top order batsman he has played many good innings at the domestic level.
He is also a regular opener in all the three formats of the game for Indian national side. He one of the few Indian batsman that performed consistently in the recently finished test series against Australia. He was in the top 5 leading run scorer in the series. Also in the series against England, he smashed a double hundred and led the team to victory.
The injury to Rahul will be a huge blow for RCB as he would have definitely played all the matches for them. It’s not that RCB batting line is affected so badly that they can not win the tournament.
Royal Challengers Bangalore still have the like of Gayle, de Villers, Watson that are enough to destroy the opposition bowling lineup. But the main fact is that Gayle is not regular in the national side, de Villers is coming back from injury and Watson only plays the t20 league across the world which means that none of these players are in form.
It also affects the team combination as Rahul was the Indian international player he would have acted as the perfect fit for the team. Now, Kohli or de Villers will have to choose the good batsman of his calibre. There are many other contenders like Manpreet who could perform the role of the opening batsman for them.
KL Rahul said about the injured shoulder after the Bengaluru test match,“It gets quite sore. I can’t quite dive on the field. There are a few shots that I will have to restrict. I will play within myself.”
According to reports, he will be travelling to London to undergo surgery so that he could be fit in time for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in June. We wish him for the quick recovery and hope that we would see him in the blue jersey soon.