KL Rahul, a consistent vice captain and senior India opener, would likely miss another few months of professional cricket after undergoing a successful sports hernia surgery in Germany.
Taking to his official twitter handle, KL Rahul tweeted, “It’s been a tough couple of weeks but the surgery was successful. I’m healing and recovering well. My road to recovery has begun. Thank you for your messages and prayers. See you soon.”
Rahul, who had to withdraw from the home T20I series against South Africa earlier this month, has suffered with groin strains and hamstring ailments on several occasions over the years.
With the right therapy and rehabilitation, which Rahul is likely to receive at Bengaluru’s National Cricket Academy, the average recovery time for an athlete following a sports hernia surgery is between six and twelve weeks.
While he was away, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant led India in the T20 International series against South Africa, while Hardik Pandya was given his maiden opportunity to captain India against Ireland while the other seniors continued preparing for the England Test.
India’s quest to win a series in England after 15 years would undoubtedly be exacerbated by Rahul’s absence in the game’s longest format. He was a standout batsman for India last season when they defeated England at Lord’s and the Oval to lead the five-match series 2-1 before the fifth and final Test at Manchester was cancelled due to fears over the Covid-19 outbreak.