IPL 2023: Lucknow Super Giants name Karun Nair as replacement for KL Rahul for rest of season
India Today Sport Lucknow Super Giants on Friday, May 5 announced that Karun Nair would be replacing KL Rahul for the remainder of the IPL 2023 season. Rahul was ruled out of the rest of the season due to thigh injury he picked. In fact, Rahul will be out of action for a considerable period of time, having to undergo surgery.
Karun Nair, who went unsold at the IPL 2023 auction, will join the team ahead of Lucknow’s next match against defending champions Gujarat Titans on Sunday in Ahmedabad.
Karun, who replaces Rahul at LSG, has so far played 76 IPL games and has 1496 runs against his name. Karun Nair, who played for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2022, had a lean patch in IPL, managing just 37 runs in the last 4 years in IPL having missed the 2021 season.
Lucknow Super Giants were led by Krunal Pandya in the absence of KL Rahul in their washed-out game against Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday. KL Rahul was part of the dug-out but he took to social media on Friday to confirm that he would miss the rest of the IPL 2023 season and the World Test Championships final,
In an emotional statement on social media, KL Rahul said he was gutted to miss the WTC final, starting June 7, against Australia in London.
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“After careful consideration and consultation with the medical team, it’s been concluded that I’ll be undergoing a surgery on my thigh shortly. My focus will be on my rehabilitation and recovery in the coming weeks. It’s a tough call to make, but I know it’s the right one to ensure a full recovery,” KL Rahul said.
“As the team captain, it pains me deeply not to be able to be there during this crucial period. But, I’m confident that the boys will rise to the occasion and give their best performance as always. I’ll be cheering for them from the sidelines with all of you, watching every game. lucknowsupergiants
“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 blue and help my country. That has always been my focus and priority.”
LSG are at the 2nd spot in the IPL 2023 points table with 11 points from 10 matches. They will face GT in Ahmedabad on Sunday.