Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) pacer Avesh Khan has admitted that the group has been affected by the absence of their common captain KL Rahul. This got here after the group’s most up-to-date loss in opposition to Gujarat Titans (GT).
Rahul suffered an damage in his proper thigh whereas fielding throughout LSG’s match in opposition to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). While he did come out to bat at no.11 in that match, it was evident that the damage was a severe one. This was confirmed as soon as the 31-year-old was not solely dominated out of the remaining IPL 2023 but additionally the upcoming World Test Championship remaining.
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Quinton de Kock did choose up the opening spot left by Rahul, scoring a blistering 70-off-41 whereas chasing 228 in opposition to GT. Despite that, his group fell 56 runs earlier than their goal.
Speaking within the post-match press convention, Avesh Khan informed the reporters that KL Rahul’s absence has affected the group considerably, influencing extra than simply the group morale.
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“KL Rahul’s absence has affected the team a bit. It has changed the team balance and we had to play Quinny (de Kock) and Naveen bhai had to sit out. So, we lost a bit of momentum there in the previous game and even this time,” he stated.
Karun Nair replaces KL Rahul within the LSG squad
Lucknow Super Giants have introduced former India National Cricket Team participant Karun Nair as a substitute for an injured KL Rahul for the rest of the match.
Having featured for the nationwide Test facet earlier than, Nair is a part of an unique group of batters who’ve scored 300 runs in a single inning in worldwide cricket.
Following the announcement, LSG on Twitter shared a tweet by Nair from December 2022, the place he had written, “Dear cricket, give me one more chance.” This got here after months of not enjoying any cricket.
Despite being introduced as a substitute for KL Rahul, it stays to be seen whether or not Karun Nair will get any sport time this season or not. He would possibly characteristic in LSG’s subsequent match, in opposition to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on May 13.
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