Reports coming out of social media suggests that Indian opener KL Rahul could miss the upcoming tenth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL 2017) due to surgery on his injured shoulder. Rahul is expected to go to London for a impending surgery. Rahul was purchased by the Bangalore-based IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2013 only to be dropped the next year going for Rs 1 crore to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). He eventually made his return to RCB in 2016, and since then has been an crucial component of the RCB side. Rahul has been plagued with injury since the past one year, till recently Rahul played with an sore-shoulder in the second Test of the India-Australia series at his hometown Bangalore. The 24-year-old local lad stood out, scoring 90 and 51 in either innings at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium despite the injury.
It was during the 90-run knock the batsman injured his shoulder during an ugly slog against Steve O’Keefe in the latter part of his innings. Earlier, Rahul injured his left-forearm during the England Test series at Visakhapatam and then aggravated it while preparing for the Mohali Test in the nets. As per a Tweet sent out by Harsha Bhogle, Rahul could be undergoing a surgery and is likely to miss out on IPL 10.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 31, 2017
— Vincent Sunder (@vincentsunder) March 31, 2017
Speaking of RCB, this is second worrying news for them in a span of few days, after skipper Virat Kohli was ruled out for the initial few games. Kohli suffered a shoulder injury during the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2016-17 at Bengaluru. In Kohli’s absence AB de Villiers will lead the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) side. RCB coach Daniel Vettori has confirmed that de Villiers will take over from Kohli as captain in his absence as the regular skipper remains unfit. Interacting with media in RCB’s first press conference of this season, Vettori confirmed that Kohli would join the side from April 2 but also mentioned that his availability for the matches would depend on BCCI doctors and physios’ assessment.