Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul has been diagnosed with acute appendicitis after being rushed to hospital following complaints of severe abdominal pain at the Punjab Kings’ team hotel in Ahmedabad.
KL Rahul Admitted to Hospital
Rahul was off the field for a part of PBKS’ game against Royal Challengers Bangalore with Chris Gayle leading the side in his absence.
“KL Rahul complained of severe abdomen pain last night and after not responding to medication, he was taken to the emergency room for further tests which revealed that he was diagnosed with acute appendicitis,” the team said in a statement.
“It will be resolved surgically and for safety measures, he has been transferred to the hospital for the same,” it added.
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It will be a massive setback for the Punjab-based franchise as KL Rahul was not only leading the side but he is also the leading run-scorer in the tournament.
Rahul is the tournament’s highest scorer so far with 331 runs in seven innings at an average of 66.20 and a strike rate of 136.21, including four half-centuries.
He hit an unbeaten 91 against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Kings’ previous match on Friday. Agarwal has been less successful so far this season, scoring 161 runs in six innings at 26.83, with a strike rate of 127.77.
IPL Franchises wishes for his Recovery
Speedy recovery, @klrahul! Hope to see you back soon 💜
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 2, 2021
Speedy recovery, KL! Come back stronger. 💗
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) May 2, 2021
Wishing you a speedy recovery KL. Come back stronger King!
— Chennai Super Kings – Mask P😷du Whistle P🥳du! (@ChennaiIPL) May 2, 2021
In the absence of Punjab Kings’ regular skipper, Mayank Agarwal leads the team in the match against Delhi Capitals. Notably, No. 1 T20 batsman Dawid Malan makes his IPL debut for Punjab Kings in this match.