Veteran India player KL Rahul shared his experience about the injury he suffered during an IPL 2023 match in Lucknow, which led to him being sidelined for more than four months. Before the World Cup 2023 match between India and England at Lucknow’s Ekana Cricket Stadium, the Indian star wicketkeeper-batter reflected on his journey to recovery from the challenging hamstring injury.
It was at this very venue where Rahul had initially injured his hamstring during the Indian Premier League, and the memories of that unfortunate incident resurfaced as he returned to the city for India’s sixth game in the tournament earlier this week.
During a pre-match press conference, Rahul expressed his disappointment at not being able to complete the 2023 IPL season with the Lucknow Super Giants, the franchise he also captains, due to the injury. When asked about the injury, he humorously remarked, ‘I want to forget about it, but people don’t let me forget.’
“Yesterday when I came to the ground, my last memory of this ground is that – falling down and injuring myself. Hopefully, I can put that aside and I can make some better and happier memories to forget all of that. Mai bhoolna chahta hoon magar log bhoolne nahi dete (I want to forget about it but people keep reminding me about it),” said Rahul.
During his conversation about the injury he experienced in Lucknow during the IPL 2023 season, Rahul disclosed that coming back to the same venue with the Indian team triggered memories of his previous fall and injury. It was an emotionally charged moment for him, having to confront those memories while getting ready to represent his country on that very pitch.
“The injury that I had, it kept me out of the game for four or five months. That was a tough time. Whoever has an injury, if you ask anyone – they undergo surgery and to come back, it takes a lot of hard work, a lot of patience and you have to go through that which is not very easy,” he said
Team India aims to regain the first position in the points table as they confront an underperforming English team in the 2023 World Cup match on Sunday. India remains unbeaten in five matches, whereas the English team, led by Jos Buttler, has had a contrasting run with just one win in five games, putting them on the verge of a World Cup exit.