KL Rahul is likely to miss the WTC Final. He has ruled himself out after sustaining an injury against RCB on Monday. Rahul injured his right thigh while sprinting towards the boundary to a Faf du Plessis cover drive off Marcus Stoinis’s bowling. On Thursday he had seemed to leave the LSG camp after watching the match against CSK. He travelled to Mumbai for scans.
In an Instagram post, Rahul wrote “After careful consideration and consultation with the medical team, it’s been concluded that I’ll be undergoing surgery on my thigh shortly. My focus will be on my rehabilitation and recovery in the coming weeks.”
Future, he wrote “Absolutely gutted that I won’t be at the Oval next month with Team India. I’ll do everything I can to get back in the blue and help my country. That has always been my focus and priority.”
The BCCI is expected to name a replacement for the wicket-keeper batter in the coming days. Let’s have a look at possible replacements for Rahul in the WTC Final against Australia in the Oval. Let’s look at some potential replacements for KL Rahul.
It’s a high chance that the selectors will give a chance to Sarfaraz to prove his worth at the international level. In Ranji Trophy 2022-23, he scored 556 runs at an average of 92.66 with three centuries and one half-century. The 25 years old was also in great form during the 2019 Ranji Trophy. He scored 2466 runs at an average of 123.3 with 10 hundred and five fifties. Sarfaraz has the second-highest average (79.65) in first-class cricket after the legendary Don Bradman’s 95.14.
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Agarwal has experience of 21 international Tests. Mayank can fit well in the top order or the middle order depending on team’s requirements. The 32-year-old has the experience of facing the Australian trio of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc. He made his debut in Australia in 2018 and scored two 70+ scores in two games. So, he knows how to counter the pace unit of the Kangaroo.
Recently, Mayank finished the Ranji Trophy 2022-23 as the highest run scorer. He scored 990 runs in his 13 innings at an average of 82.50 with three hundreds and six fifties.
Easwaran can also be on the radar of the selectors and might be selected again in the squad. He was a part of the Indian Squad that toured Bangladesh in 2022. But he didn’t get a chance to play in any of the two matches. Recently, he scored 798 runs in 14 innings at an average of 66.50 with three centuries and three fifties in the Ranji Trophy 2022-23. He played a crucial role in leading Bengal to the final but lost to Saurashtra.
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