KL Rahul is missing the IPL due to injury Image: AFP
India opener KL Rahul reckons he might be missing the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy due to start on June 1 owing to the shoulder injury which is also keeping him out of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. Rahul sustained the injury during the four-match Test series between India and Australia.
Rahul, who was supposed to turn up for Royal Challengers Bangalore if he was fit, expressed doubts over his chances to regain full fitness before the Champions Trophy in England. In an interview with Times of India, the Karnataka batsman said, “I will just have to wait and see but the chances are very, very slim. They said it will take anywhere close to 2 to 3 months. But again, it depends, each body is different, you don’t know how the body recovers. It is totally up to me and how I well I take care of myself in the rehab phase."
Rahul's injury occurred during the first Test against Australia in Pune, but the 25-year-old powered through the pain to play in all the four Tests. "I had torn my labrum [a ring of fibrocartilage attached to the shoulder socket]. I couldn't get into a few positions because my shoulder kept dislocating. That's why I couldn't play a lot of shots and had to restrict myself. I played with a lot of medication and taping," Rahul said about his injury. However, it didn't stop him from having a stellar series as the elegant right-hander notched up six half-centuries in the seven innings he batted.
Rahul's absence will be a huge blow for the Men in Blues' aspirations. The stylish batsman had just started to break through in the first team and has had a stellar start in all formats. A good season has also seen him leapfrog to the no. 11 spot in ICC Test rankings and no. 14 in T20s.