KL Rahul, the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman, holds a dual role as the captain of the IPL team Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). He has participated in numerous matches at Lucknow’s Ekana Stadium, where the Indian cricket team will face England on Sunday, October 29.
In a video shared by BCCI, Rahul discussed his feelings about returning to Lucknow, shared his experiences of playing in front of enthusiastic crowds, and mentioned his injury as well as his upcoming encounter with his LSG teammate Mark Wood, a fast bowler, in the match on Sunday.
You can watch the video here:
KL Rahul is back to a ground that has given him life lessons & bittersweet memories 🏟️
On Sunday, he wants to make memories that he'll remember only for the good 👌👌
Muskuraiye, KL Rahul Lucknow mein hai 🤗
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 28, 2023
KL Rahul reflects on both the positive and challenging memories associated with Lucknow
KL Rahul sustained a significant thigh injury while playing for LSG in the IPL 2023 match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). This injury kept him away from the game for an extended period. Naturally, Rahul was deeply upset by the injury and, in the video, he shared how it had a profound impact on him. He expressed:
“When I entered he ground and I had to do a bit of training, I told my trainer Rajneesh sir that my heart is racing. The last time I was on this ground, I didn’t have a great experience or not such a great moment in my career. So obviously a bittersweet experience. That injury had a huge impact on me and my career so wasn’t such a great moment for me, for my family. It’s not a great feeling for any athlete to keep getting injured so often.”
He further added: “I realized that it came at a time when I really needed that break away from the game because there was a lot going on with me mentally and for the first time in my career I felt like I had no answers.”
KL Rahul’s remarkable return from injury has been truly impressive, and India hopes for a continued outstanding performance from him in Lucknow against England.