KL Rahul: Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul was rushed to the hospital following complaints of severe abdominal pain. Rahul was at the Punjab Kings’ team hotel in Ahmedabad with his teammates, as his team set to play Delhi Capitals at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday evening. It’s a big blow for PBKS, who are in dire need to win games following a less than convincing start to the season.
Punjab Kings releases an official statement today regarding their captain, confirming Rahul’s absence for the match against DC. The 29-year-old has been diagnosed with acute appendicitis which will require surgery. Here’s the official statement:
“KL Rahul complained of a severe abdomen pain last night and after not responding to medication, he was taken to the emergency room for further tests which revealed that he was diagnosed with acute appendicitis. It will be resolved surgically and for safety measures, he has been transferred to the hospital for the same.”
KL Rahul is indispensable in the PBKS team. He is the leading run-getter for Punjab this season with 333 runs in seven innings.
With Rahul out, changes are certain to happen in PBKS playing 11. Dawid Malan is expected to make his debut in this game, and that
Mayank Agarwal missed the last game for PBKS due to a knock but it is understood the 30-year-old is likely to win the race against time to be fit for PBKS next game against DC. That means Mayank is likely to lead the team in KL Rahul’s absence.
In addition, Nicholas Pooran could lose his spot in the team. After all, T20I’s no-1 batsman Dawid Malan is warming the bench and can’t be kept out of the team for long.
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