Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul was earlier diagnosed with acute appendicitis and underwent immediate surgery. The Kings flew Rahul on a charter flight to Mumbai, where he underwent laparoscopic appendectomy, a minimally invasive surgery. While it was earlier believed that Rahul might miss the remainder of the season, the doctors assure that Rahul would be able to restart all activity after a week’s rest.
The surgery saw him miss PBKS’s game against the Delhi Capitals in Ahmedabad. Hours before the clash, the franchise issued a statement informing about the development. The Karnataka opener complained of “severe abdomen pain” on Saturday which led the medical team to the diagnosis of acute appendicitis upon scans.
KL Rahul’s return a shot in the arm for Punjab Kings
Rahul is among the tournament’s top scorers so far, with 331 runs in seven innings at an average of 66.20 and strike rate of 136.21, including four half-centuries. While Mayank Agarwal stepped up with the bat in his absence, it didn’t prove enough for PBKS to get over the line. Rahul’s experience as a captain and his stability with the bat is what the Kings need in these dire times.
The Kings would be keen to get him back on the field as soon as possible, as they look to lift themselves into the top four in the second half of the group games. PBKS currently sit sixth on the table, with only three wins in eight games. It is high time the Punjab Kings middle order steps if they intend to go any where close to the top half of the points table.
The same is the case with their bowling which have looked toothless lately. The experienced Mohammed Shami will have to step up and the lead the bowling attack with example. Aussie quick Riley Meredith has shown signs of improvement lately and he will have ramp it up if he is looking make some impact in his debut season following a horrid start.