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Indian Premier League 2023

KL Rahul refuses stretcher, walks off field in pain after pulling up chasing ball to boundary

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

Lucknow Super Giants skipper KL Rahul refused to be stretchered off despite being in visible pain after hurting his right leg, instead limping off the field with help from the support staff during an IPL 2023 game against Royal Challengers Bangalore today (May 1).

LSG were dealt an early blow in their IPL clash against Bangalore when captain Rahul walked off in the second over itself after trying to save a boundary. Faf du Plessis drove a length ball towards cover, and Rahul gave chase before pulling up, holding his right leg and grimacing in pain.

A stretcher was brought on to aid Rahul in leaving the field, but the wicketkeeper instead got up with the help of his teammates. He was then helped out from the ground by members of the support staff, limping and in pain.


Rahul is a part of the squad for the World Test Championship final between India and Australia, scheduled in the first week of June. The decision to not use a stretcher and instead risk aggravating his injury was criticised by commentator Deep Dasgupta.

“I don’t think it’s a good idea that he’s walking. I think he should be on a stretcher. Just get to the dressing room without aggravating it any further and then get the treatment straight away.”

Krunal Pandya is leading LSG in the game against RCB in Rahul’s absence. Earlier this season, Kane Williamson had to be stretchered away after hurting his knee, which ruled him out of the remainder of the IPL.

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