Royal Challengers Bangalore just can’t seem to catch a break ahead of IPL 2017. First, it was Virat Kohli’s injury that looks set to rule him out of at least the early part of their season, now it is KL Rahul, who will miss the tenth edition of the tournament with the shoulder injury he sustained during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
According to reports, he will be traveling to London to undergo surgery in a bid to be fit to be selected for the ICC Champions Trophy in June. The 24-year-old has been in sparkling form, scoring six fifties in seven innings during the series against Australia but he will now take no part in the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League.
Speaking about his injury after India’s scripted a remarkable comeback on day four of the second Test in Bengaluru, KL Rahul said: "(My shoulder) 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. Even I do, it's not that I can’t score, I have all the shots in the book. That is what I spoke to the management and the captain. I will have to focus more with the problem in my shoulder. I am still enjoying batting with that problem.”
But it does look as though the problem is far more serious now, with surgery required to keep him fit ahead of the Champions Trophy.
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