Karun Nair replaces injured KL Rahul at Lucknow Super Giants

Lucknow Supergiants have drafted Karun Nair to replace KL Rahul for the remainder of IPL 2023. Nair joined at a price of INR 5 million.

Nair has scored 1496 runs in 76 IPL matches so far and has played for Delhi Daredevils (now Capitals), Punjab Kings (now Punjab Kings), Kolkata Knights, Rajasthan Royals and RCB. Increase. LSG will be his third team in three seasons.

Nair, one of the experienced Indian players who did not play professional cricket after being permanently removed from the Karnataka squad for the 2022-23 season, was not sold at the auction. He had previously considered being drafted into the RCB team to replace David Willie, but ultimately chose Keddar Jadhav.

Nair and Rahul are longtime colleagues on the Karnataka side of India’s domestic circuit.

Rahul announced in an Instagram post on Friday morning that he was “very angry” and would be taking a leave of absence for the next few months.

“My focus is on recovery and recovery over the next few weeks,” Rahul’s post said.

Rahul tore his right thigh tendon while chasing the ball in the second leg of the match against RCB. At that time, he had to be helped off the field, and he didn’t come back until the 127 chase was tense. As a result, No. 9 Amit Mishra faced the final round. LSG ended up losing by 18 points.

“The last few days have been really tough, but I’m determined to come out on top.

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Rahul wrote: “As captain of the team, I am very disappointed that I cannot be present at this important moment. I am confident. “

LSG are currently second in the IPL standings and have won five of their 10 matches. Their drive to reach the playoffs for the second straight year will be spearheaded by interim captain Krunal Pandya. Despite being knocked out, he has already led the team in a game against the Chennai Super Kings.

It is the second serious injury for Rahul in two years, after requiring surgery for a sports hernia in 2022.

“The past few days have been really tough, but I’m determined to come out on top,” he said in the post. “Injury is never easy, but as always I will try to do my best. Thank you for your support and good luck.”

Rahul’s career has been in trouble recently. India stripped him of the vice-captain and dropped him from the Test XI after his two-boundary Gavaskar’s trophy run on the first day of February 2023. His only commanding position in the team was in over-50 cricket, where he also doubled as keeper. All this was reflected in his drop from grade A to grade B, with BCCI distributing central contracts two months before him.

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