IPL 2021: KL Rahul hospitalised, Mayank Agarwal to lead Punjab Kings for next few matches

IPL 2021: With KL Rahul hospitalised, Mayank Agarwal will lead Punjab Kings in next two matches as Rahul will undergo surgery
IPL 2021: With KL Rahul hospitalised, Mayank Agarwal will lead Punjab Kings in next two matches as Rahul will undergo surgery

IPL 2021: KL Rahul hospitalised, Mayank Agarwal to lead Punjab Kings for next few matches – In a big blow to Punjab Kings, they have lost their skipper KL Rahul. The in-form batsman, who has been in fine form in IPL 2021, had to be hospitalised due to acute appendicitis. In his absence, Mayank Agarwal will lead PBKS for the next two matches as KL Rahul will need to undergo surgery.

“We don’t know how long KL Rahul will be out. Maybe, one or two weeks. For the time being, Mayank Agarwal will lead us. However, we are still finalising the things with the team management,” a source privy to the development told InsideSport.

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Punjab Kings will face Delhi Capitals on Sunday evening and it comes as a big blow. In absence of KL Rahul, Punjab will have to continue with Nicholas Pooran, who has been in abysmal form. Furthermore, as he is Punjab’s 2nd wicketkeeper, Pooran is expected to keep his place in Rahul’s absence. 


However, for Mayank Agarwal, it will be a challenge as the Karnataka batsman will not only need to sort out his inconsistency but also lead the side in a difficult situation.

IPL 2021: KL Rahul hospitalised, Mayank Agarwal to lead Punjab Kings for next few matches

According to a release by PBKS, “KL Rahul complained of severe abdomen pain on Saturday night and after not responding to medication, he was taken to the emergency room for further tests. The tests revealed that he was diagnosed with acute appendicitis. It will be resolved surgically and for safety measures, he has been transferred to the hospital for the same.”

Rahul is currently leading the Orange Cap Leaderboard with 331 Runs from 7 matches with an average of 66.6 and a strike rate touching 137.

IPL 2021: KL Rahul hospitalised, Mayank Agarwal to lead Punjab Kings for next few matches

PBKS vs DC Live score: Rishabh Pant’s Delhi Capitals vs KL Rahul-led Punjab Kings, Toss at & PM; Follow Live Updates- The two teams are coming on the back of a win and would like to continue their winning momentum. KL Rahul’s Punjab Kings would like to avenge their defeat by 6 wickets earlier during IPL 2021. On the other hand, Rishabh Pant’s Delhi Capitals would be aiming for yet another victory against Punjab Kings in their bid to cement their place in the IPL 2021 playoffs.

Punjab Kings squad IPL 2021: KL Rahul, Prabhsimran Singh (wk), Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Chris Jordan, Riley Meredith, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Mayank Agarwal, Moises Henriques, Arshdeep Singh, Mandeep Singh, Dawid Malan, Jalaj Saxena, Murugan Ashwin, Sarfaraz Khan, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar, Jhye Richardson, Ishan Porel, Utkarsh Singh, Darshan Nalkande