Ishan Kishan has been selected by the selectors to replace KL Rahul for the upcoming World Test Championship final against Australia at The Oval. However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not yet made a decision on the injuries of Jaydev Unadkat and Umesh Yadav.
During a match between Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Ekana Stadium on May 1, Rahul suffered an injury to his right upper thigh while fielding, which resulted in him being ruled out of the rest of the IPL 2023 tournament.
The BCCI announced that Rahul will undergo surgery and rehab at the National Cricket Academy, and will not be able to participate in the WTC final against Australia.
“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,”
read the BCCI statement.
NEWS – KL Rahul ruled out of WTC final against Australia.
Ishan Kishan named as his replacement in the squad.
Standby players: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Mukesh Kumar, Suryakumar Yadav.
— BCCI (@BCCI) May 8, 2023
Rahul himself had already informed three days prior to the official announcement that he would not be able to attend the WTC final, as he posted a lengthy Instagram message expressing his disappointment.
The Indian cricket team captain said that he is doing everything possible to get back to playing for the country. BCCI has also provided an update on the injuries of Jaydev Unadkat and Umesh Yadav.
“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. @indiancricketteam.”
Jaydev Unadkat, a fast bowler for LSG, suffered a shoulder injury during a net session by tripping over the side rope while bowling. He is currently undergoing rehab and strength training at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, and a decision on his participation in the WTC final will be taken later. BCCI is closely monitoring his progress.