New Delhi. Team India suffered a major setback a day before the first match of the 5 T20 series against South Africa. KL Rahul, who was made the captain of the team in the absence of Rohit Sharma, was also ruled out of the entire series due to groin injury. This is not the first time that KL Rahul had to withdraw from a series due to injury. In the last 7 months, he was out of the team 4 times due to injury and was not a part of Team India in 4 series. This has raised concerns for the selectors and the BCCI. Due to repeated injuries, he has become less reliable both as a player and as a captain.
With another injury, the name of KL Rahul has also joined the list of most injured players along with Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja and it is not good for Team India. This is because he is being seen as the captain of the future. But, he is getting injured again and again from Team India. This is also a matter of concern for the selectors.
Worried about KL Rahul’s injury
A senior BCCI official told InsideSport, “Injury is a part of a player’s life and it can happen to anyone. As a player, you have to take better care of yourself to reduce your injury count. It is indeed a matter of concern when key players like KL Rahul are getting injured time and again. Once he comes to the NCA, we will hold talks with the physio.
When did KL Rahul get injured?
November 2021: KL Rahul was ruled out of the 2-Test series against New Zealand due to a strain on his left thigh.
February 2022: KL Rahul suffered a hamstring injury during the ODI series against West Indies, due to which he could not play the 3 T20 series.
February 2022: Rahul could not fully recover from the hamstring injury. For this reason, he was ruled out of the 3 T20 series against Sri Lanka in the last week of February.
March 2022Due to this injury, KL Rahul did not even play the 2-Test series against Sri Lanka in March 2022.
KL Rahul has been ruled out of the T20 series against South Africa due to a groin injury. His England tour may also be in trouble. Now KL Rahul will have to go to the National Cricket Academy to recover from his injury. So that he can be fit for the England tour. India has to play 3 T20s, 3 ODIs in addition to one Test on the England tour.
KL Rahul loses confidence due to injury!
KL Rahul is being seen as the next captain of Team India after Rohit Sharma. But, injury can prove to be a big obstacle in his way to become the captain. If he keeps getting injured like this, then he will lose confidence not only as a captain but also as a player. He had a chance to prove himself by captaining at home during the South Africa series. Now it has slipped out of hand. In his place, Rishabh Pant will captain the South Africa series and if the Indian team performs well under his leadership, then he can overtake KL Rahul as the future captain’s contender.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 09, 2022, 08:16 IST