Ishan Kishan named Rahul’s replacement for WTC
India have named Ishan Kishan as the replacement for KL Rahul in the WTC final. The injured Rahul is set to undergo surgery followed by rehab.
Rahul is not the only one amongst the injured list in India’s WTC squad. Pacers Umesh Yadav and Jaydev Unadkat are also under the scanner for injuries but find themselves still in the WTC squad for now.
“Jaydev Unadkat sustained a left shoulder injury by tripping over the side rope while bowling in the nets. A specialist consultation has been sought and the left-arm fast bowler is currently at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru undergoing strength and rehab sessions for his shoulder. A decision on his participation in the WTC final will be taken at a later stage,” said the BCCI in a media release on Tuesday, May 8.
While Unadkat’s participation in the final is under a cloud as of now, with his rehab happening at the NCA, the other pacer Umesh has been allowed to be with his IPL team.
“Umesh Yadav sustained a minor left hamstring injury during Match 36 of TATA IPL 2023 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on 26 April. The fast bowler is currently under the care of the KKR Medical Team and has started low-intensity bowling as part of his rehab process. The BCCI Medical Team is in regular touch with KKR Medical Team and is closely monitoring Umesh’s progress,” said BCCI in their statement signed by Secretary Jay Shah.
Additionally Ruturaj Gaikwad, Mukesh Kumar and Suryakumar Yadav have been named as the standby players for the WTC final.
WTC squad: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, KS Bharat (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Ishan Kishan (wk).
The latest revision in the squad follows a number of injuries to India’s first-choice squad with the likes of Shreyas Iyer, Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant all ruled out due to various ailments.