Champions Trophy 2017: KL Rahul says his chances of playing in tournament are 'very, very slim'

India's KL Rahul has all but ruled himself out of the upcoming Champions Trophy after suffering a shoulder injury during the India-Australia Test series.

AFP April 21, 2017 17:35:18 IST
Champions Trophy 2017: KL Rahul says his chances of playing in tournament are 'very, very slim'

New Delhi: India's KL Rahul has all but ruled himself out of the upcoming Champions Trophy after suffering a shoulder injury during the India-Australia Test series.

The opening batsman underwent surgery in England last week, likely ending any chance of playing in the 2017 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Rahul, 25, suffered the injury to his left shoulder during the first Test of the recent Border-Gavaskar series which India won 2-1, but played out the four-match rubber despite the pain.

Champions Trophy 2017 KL Rahul says his chances of playing in tournament are very very slim

File photo of KL Rahul. AP

Rahul scored six fifties in seven Test innings against Australia to finish as his side's second highest run-scorer (393 at 65.50) behind Cheteshwar Pujara (405).

But the elegant right-handed batsman rued the fact he might not be up to scratch for the one-day international showpiece tournament starting 1 June in England.

"I will just have to wait and see but the chances are very, very slim," Rahul was quoted as saying by The Times of India.

"I couldn't get into a few positions because my shoulder kept dislocating.

"That's why I couldn't play a lot of shots, had to restrict myself. I played with a lot of medication and taping. Surgery was to fix it on the inside."

Rahul, who has played just six ODIs for India, participated in all the three one-day matches against England at home in January and is disappointed with the prospect of missing out on further action.

"The doctor said it will take two-three months (to recover). Each body is different, so you don't know how it recovers.

"For now, it is two to three weeks of relaxing and after that, I will start physiotherapy. My rehab will start from there," said Rahul.

Defending champions India are placed in Group B with arch-rivals Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka in the eight-team event.

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