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KL Rahul Gears Up For National Return With Vigorous Practice After Hip Injury
By CricShots - Aug 11, 2023 3:55 pm
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Indian cricketer KL Rahul, currently in the midst of rehabilitation, has showcased his determination for a national team comeback. In a noteworthy development, Rahul was observed fully padded and engaged in reflex training with the coaching staff at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru on August 11. This sighting indicates substantial progress in his recovery from injury, hinting at his imminent return to the national squad after an extended absence.

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KL Rahul doing the wicket-keeping drills

The cricketer from Bengaluru suffered a hip injury while fielding during the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) season. Consequently, he was compelled to withdraw from the tournament as it approached its climax. Krunal Pandya assumed leadership responsibilities for the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in his absence.

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Despite the team making it to the playoffs, questions were raised about Rahul’s strike rate during the season. Apart from missing the IPL, the 31-year-old also sat out the World Test Championship final against Australia, which India unfortunately lost. His absence also extended to the ongoing tour against the West Indies.

 

Nevertheless, diligent practice and effective rehabilitation measures have paved the way for his anticipated availability in the forthcoming 2023 Asia Cup and the highly significant ODI World Cup. KL Rahul has consistently played a pivotal role in India’s batting lineup, especially in One-Day Internationals (ODIs).

In 2023, the Karnataka wicketkeeper-batsman featured in six innings, amassing 226 runs, including a pair of half-centuries, at an impressive average of 56.50. Rahul’s form is of paramount importance for India’s prospects in the impending World Cup.

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In the wake of his injury, Rahul temporarily relinquished his role as an opening batsman alongside established captain Rohit Sharma, transitioning to a middle-order position at number five. The middle-order conundrum persisted due to injuries to Rahul and Shreyas Iyer, leading to various players being tested in that position. However, the imminent return of both Rahul and Iyer could finally offer a solution to India’s long-standing batting position predicament.