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BCCI Replaces Injured KL Rahul With Ishan Kishan In The Indian Squad For WTC Final


BCCI Replaces Injured KL Rahul With Ishan Kishan In The Indian Squad For WTC Final

Last Update on: May 8th, 2023 at 05:38 pm

In what has been the latest development, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has named Ishan Kishan as the replacement for KL Rahul in the Indian squad for the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final. 

KL Rahul injured himself in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 and was deemed unfit to take further part in the tournament and was also ruled out of the WTC Final. There were many speculations about who will replace him in the side for the summit clash. 

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But to surprise, Ishan Kishan got the nod and will board the plane along with the team to Australia. The southpaw is yet to make his debut in the Tests but has played a fair bit of FC cricket. In the 43 games, he has scored 2985 runs at a decent average of 38.96. He also has scored 6 tons and 16 half-centuries.

Releasing the official statement, BCCI confirmed about KL Rahul’s injury and also named the replacement player. The statement from the governing body read: 

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“KL Rahul suffered an injury to his right upper thigh while fielding during Match 43rd of TATA IPL 2023 between Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore on 1st May. After consultations with specialists, it has been decided that Rahul will undergo surgery at the earliest followed by rehab at the National Cricket Academy for the same. He is ruled out of the upcoming ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final against Australia. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Ishan Kishan as KL Rahul’s replacement.” 

ICC World Test Championship Final: BCCI also updates about the fitness of Umesh Yadav and Jaydev Unadkat 

Not only KL Rahul but Umesh Yadav and Jaydev Unadkat too have suffered injuries in the ongoing IPL 2023. While the KKR pacer has suffered a minor hamstring injury, Unadkat on the other hand has been ruled out of the tournament due to shoulder injury. 

As per BCCI, they are keeping track on the fitness of both the pacers, and call related to their availability will be taken later. The governing body added in a statement:  

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“Jaydev Unadkat sustained a left shoulder injury by tripping over the side rope while bowling in the nets. A specialist consultation has been sought and the left-arm fast bowler is currently at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru undergoing strength and rehab sessions for his shoulder. A decision on his participation in the WTC final will be taken at a later stage.” 

“Umesh Yadav sustained a minor left hamstring injury during Match 36 of TATA IPL 2023 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on 26 April. The fast bowler is currently under the care of the KKR Medical Team and has started low-intensity bowling as part of his rehab process. The BCCI Medical Team is in regular touch with KKR Medical Team and is closely monitoring Umesh’s progress.” 

Apart from the main squad, BCCI has named three standby players in Ruturaj Gaikwad, Mukesh Kumar, and Suryakumar Yadav. 

Here is India’s squad for the WTC final: 

Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, KS Bharat (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Ishan Kishan (wk). 

Standby players: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Mukesh Kumar, Suryakumar Yadav.

India will lock horns with Australia in the final of the WTC Final. The game be played at the Oval, England from the 7th to the 11th of June.

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