Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul on Tuesday underwent a successful appendicitis surgery on Monday. Last week, the flamboyant batsman had complained of acute Appendicitis and was hospitalised immediately.
He didn’t play in the game against Delhi Capitals and Mayank Agarwal led the side in his absence in that game. For the surgery, Rahul flew on a charter flight to Mumbai where he underwent laparoscopic appendectomy.
After undergoing successful surgery, the doctors have advised him to take rest for at least a week before he gets to rejoin his team.
As per the SOP norms, Rahul will have to serve a mandatory quarantine of seven days before joining the bubble. The Kings franchise will still check with the tournament authorities as to when will the skipper join his team.
Rahul had last played against Royal Challengers Bangalore where he smacked the season-highest 91* off just 57 balls. Punjab Kings won the game by 34 runs and also their third win of the season.
The 29-year-old has scored 331 runs at a strike rate of 136.21 and an average of 66.20. He is only behind Shikhar Dhawan who is enjoying his dream run this year. Dhawan has 380 runs in eight matches on his name so far and also the current orange-cap holder.
Punjab Kings would be eager to bring back Rahul on the side as his contribution is unfathomable with the bat. The side would be aiming to finish in the top four of the tournament this year. The BCCI is also planning on moving the entire tournament to Mumbai after some covid-positive cases surfaced within the bubble.
And as per some sources, the tournament will be halted for a few days after tonight’s game between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Tomorrow’s game between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals has also been postponed after three members of CSK tested positive.