IPL 2021: Mayank Agarwal informs ‘KL Rahul is going for surgery’, hoping for his quick return in the side

Rahul was diagnosed with acute appendicitis and didn't feature in the game against DC.

Mayank Agarwal led PBKS against DC | BCCI/IPLPunjab Kings’ (PBKS) stand-in skipper Mayank Agarwal hoped for a quick return of KL Rahul into the side after his team suffered a heavy 7-wicket defeat at the hands of Delhi Capitals (DC) in Ahmedabad on Sunday (May 2).

Ahead of the game, Rahul was diagnosed with acute appendicitis. The regular PBKS skipper had complained of severe abdomen pain on Saturday night and as a result, he was taken to the hospital for scans.

Coming to the match, PBKS posted 166/6 in 20 overs after being asked to bat first. Mayank was the lone warrior with the bat, scoring 99 off 58 balls, including 8 fours and 4 sixes.

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In reply, DC rode on Shikhar Dhawan’s unbeaten 69 off 47 balls and Prithvi Shaw’s 22-ball 39 to overhaul the target with 14 balls to spare.

"KL Rahul is going for surgery and hopefully he should be back. Would've liked two points but I guess we were about 10 short on that wicket. And the kind of powerplay they had we really had to scrap and fight. One batsman has to bat through, that was my plan. It was my day, I took that responsibility. Unfortunately, we did not get too many in the middle overs, even though we finished well," Mayank said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

"Would have loved two points more than anything else. But it is what it is. We have to shut this off, turn up the next game and do better. Managing the ups and downs is what captaincy's all about. Kudos to Harpreet who showed up for us today and last game as well, he also hit a crucial boundary. We need to keep at it and click as a team," he added.

With this loss, Punjab Kings remain in the sixth spot with 6 points and they will next face Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Thursday (May 6) in Ahmedabad.

(With ANI inputs)


By Salman Anjum - 03 May, 2021

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