Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Out of favour batsman Karun Nair has replaced injured skipper KL Rahul at Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) for the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023.

LSG made the announcement in this regard on Friday night.

“Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) on Friday named Karun Nair as a replacement for the injured KL Rahul for the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023,” read the IPL statement.

Unfortunately, Rahul sustained a thigh injury while fielding during an encounter against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow. He got the injury while chasing a ball to prevent the boundary. He had to leave the field by limping. Rahul made 274 runs at an average of 34.25, including two half-centuries in IPL 2023.

Rahul has been ruled out of the IPL as well as the World Test Championship final in which India will lock horns with Australia at The Oval starting from June 7.

Meanwhile, Krunal Pandya has been appointed as the captain of LSG in Rahul’s absence.

Karun will join LSG for Rs 50 lakh. The experienced batter has a triple hundred in Test cricket. He has so far played 76 IPL games and scored 1,496 runs.