KL Rahul’s stint in IPL 2023 ended prematurely after he sustained an injury while fielding in a league game vs Royal Challengers Bangalore in Lucknow’s Ekana Stadium. Following the incident, Krunal Pandya stepped up to lead the team in the absence of the regular captain. LSG qualified for the Playoffs of IPL 2023 and failed in the Eliminator vs Mumbai Indians.
After their IPL 2023 exit, a 4-year-old fan of KL Rahul selected him as his favourite player. The video posted by his father on Twitter attracted the attention of the star India batter who promised a signed jersey for the little munchkin. “@[email protected] My 4 yr old picked his best player,” wrote the user. “That’s so sweet. Drop me a DM with your address. I’d be delighted to give him my signed jersey,” KL Rahul replied quoting the tweet.
‘I think KL Rahul was a massive miss for LSG’ – Tom Moody
KL Rahul was a huge absence for LSG in their Eliminator match loss to MI on Wednesday in Chennai, according to former SRH coach Tom Moody. LSG had qualified for the Playoffs for the second time in a row, however, they were eliminated in the Eliminator round once more. After batting first, MI posted 182 in their 20 overs.
Prerak Mankad and Kyle Mayers were lost early, which was the worst conceivable beginning for the LSG pursuit. Marcus Stoinis was able to stabilise the innings for a little while, but Krunal Pandya’s dismissal sparked a significant batting collapse that resulted in Akash Madhwal recording 5/5 in 3.3 overs and the Lucknow side being bowled out for 101 as MI advanced.
“I think KL Rahul was a massive miss for LSG. This is the second time they have reached the playoffs, so that in itself is a great achievement for a new team. I think even though at the point that KL Rahul injured himself, you can just about guarantee that he would have scored three if not more half-centuries in the rest of the games, and that was missing,” Moody said.
Here’s how fans reacted:
Bhai tu Batsman Khrab hai Lekin Insan Acha h ❤️❤️❤️❤️
— . (@AamirsABD) May 25, 2023
I am dropping my address in your dm , can you send me Thala Dhoni's Signed jersey 🥱
— MAHIYANK ™ (@Mahiyank_78) May 25, 2023
Dil jeet liya bhai aap ne.. Aaj se aap ke baare me ulta seedha baat band.
— Naveen (@_naveenish) May 25, 2023
Bhai insaan to acche ho yaar ❤️ , bs purana kl zinda kr lo , captain bn jao nhi to ye pandya captain bn kr apne bhai ke sath opening aayega batting aur bowling bhi khud hi krenge dono 😶
— कार्तिकेय पाण्डेय (@kartike28150229) May 25, 2023
— Aryan 45 🇮🇳 (@Iconic_Rohit) May 26, 2023
Main baat ye hai ki kya usko jersey chahiye?
— Div🦁| Dube stan (@div_yumm) May 25, 2023
Ek Signed KXIP jersey toh main bhi deserve karta hu GoatLR vro
— Arka (@ARKA0432) May 25, 2023
Do plant as many trees whenever possible.
— Suraj (@whoCSSuraj) May 25, 2023