IPL 2024 – RCB vs LSG – KL Rahul – LSG to take a name on captain nearer to start out of RCB match

Lucknow Tremendous Giants will take a late name on KL Rahul’s participation – whether or not partially or extra – in Tuesday’s away fixture in opposition to Royal Challengers Bengaluru. Rahul performed as an affect substitute in Saturday’s dwelling sport in opposition to Punjab Kings, with the LSG administration eager on “easing him again” from damage.

IPL 2024 is Rahul’s comeback match after a quadricep damage dominated him out of the final 4 Checks of the five-match collection at dwelling in opposition to England earlier this yr. Rahul had pulled up with the identical damage – in opposition to RCB, by the way – throughout IPL 2023, and needed to endure surgical procedure adopted by prolonged rehabilitation.

“We’ll see how he goes at coaching,” stand-in captain Nicholas Pooran mentioned when requested about Rahul’s availability on Tuesday.

At coaching, Rahul didn’t maintain wicket for a lot of the session. He first underwent a collection of timed dash and mobility drills that had been monitored by head coach Justin Langer. Rahul then practiced the complete vary of his physique actions whereas enjoying the sweep particularly and felt his left hamstring repeatedly. He then occupied a quiet nook of the sector and stored a detailed eye on the session for greater than an hour. Later, he examined at size the marginally uncommon M Chinnaswamy Stadium pitch that had greater than a smattering of grass proper by way of the 22 yards.

Rahul additionally padded up and went out for a success in opposition to the crew’s web bowlers and throwdown specialists. After a 15-minute session, he bought again to ending just a few extra rounds of mobility drills earlier than strolling off to have one other lengthy chat with Langer. Solely in the direction of the very finish of the day did he have a brief go along with the gloves.

“It is at all times robust when it’s important to change mixtures,” Pooran mentioned when requested how Rahul’s absence on the sector had impacted the crew to this point. “Clearly, it is totally different with KL on the sector. However our senior gamers got here collectively and assisted me in making choices as effectively. It is one thing that occurs. Generally when your captain is not out there, all of the senior gamers rise up, and try to make up for his absence.”

LSG have one win and one loss in two video games to this point, with Rahul returning scores of 58 (in 44 balls, vs Rajasthan Royals) and 15 (in 9 balls, vs Punjab Kings). He stored wicket solely within the first sport, earlier than handing over the duty to Quinton de Kock for the second.

Rahul is among the many contenders for the wicketkeeper-batter’s slot in India’s T20 World Cup squad.

Main into the IPL 2024 season, there had been debate amongst observers whether or not he would bat within the center order to play an analogous position he performs for with the nationwide crew. Up to now, Rahul has opened in each matches.

“I’m not going lose one second’s sleep over KL Rahul,” Langer had mentioned on his common captain final week. “He’s a ravishing participant, he is an impressive participant. There is a motive he is had a lot success for India and I am blessed to have him in our crew, not solely as a gap batsman or a batsman and wicketkeeper, but in addition because the captain. He’s so calm. He is an exquisite particular person.”

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