The 2023 Indian Premier League season (IPL) is all set to kick off in less than a week. Ahead of the tournament, the Royal Challengers Bangalore has been dealt a massive blow. Rajat Patidar is likely to miss the first half of the tournament due to a heel injury, as per reports.
The right-handed batter is at the National Cricket Academy undergoing rehab. He has been advised to rest for the next three weeks, which will rule him out of the first half of the 2023 IPL, as reported by Espncricinfo. An MRI scan will determine if Rajat Patidar will be allowed to participate in the second half of the tournament. He has to pass the fitness test and get a clearance from the National Cricket Academy before joining the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad.
Rajat Patidar wasn’t picked by the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2022 Indian Premier League mega-auctions. He came in as a replacement for wicketkeeper Luvnith Sisodia. He finished the season as the third-highest run-scorer for the franchise scoring 333 runs in seven innings at a strike rate of 152.75. Patidar also slammed the fastest hundred by an Indian in the tournament’s history, in the Eliminator against Lucknow Super Giants.
Royal Challengers Bangalore begins training session ahead of the 2023 IPL
The Royal Challengers Bangalore kicked off their training session recently, The likes of skipper Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, and others have joined the squad. The franchise might slot in Virat Kohli at number three in the tournament, as Rajat Patidar’s participation is in doubt. Anuj Rawat might get the opportunity in his absence.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Siraj, Faf Du Plessis, Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dinesh Karthik, Shahbaz Ahmed, Rajat Patidar, Anuj Rawat, Akash Deep, Josh Hazlewood, Mahipal Lomror, Finn Allen, Suyash Prabhudessai, Karn Sharma, Siddharth Kaul, David Willey, Reece Topley, Himanshu Sharma, Manoj Bhandage, Rajan Kumar, Avinash Singh, Sonu Yadav, Micheal Bracewell