IPL: KL Rahul diagnosed with appendicitis, Agarwal to lead PBKS in his absence
Punjab Kings have received a major blow for the remainder of the IPL after their captain KL Rahul was diagnosed with acute appendicitis and has been rushed to a hospital in Mumbai. The development was announced by the franchise, who issued an official statement.
"KL Rahul complained of severe abdomen pain last night and after not responding to medication, he was taken to emergency room for further tests which revealed that he was diagnosed with acute appendicitis," the team said in a statement.
"It will be resolved surgically and for safety measures, he has been transferred to the hospital for the same."
As the statement mentions, Rahul is set to undergo a surgery for the same and is expected to be out for the remainder of the tournament considering the usual period of recovery. The decision on when and if Rahul will be fit and his availability for the remainder of the tournament will be up to the doctors. As per a report in PTI, in Rahul's absence, Mayank Agarwal will lead the team starting with Sunday’s clash against Delhi Capitals in Ahmedabad.
Rahul is the highest run-getter of the tournament, having scored 333 runs from seven innings with four half century. He has an average of 66.20 and strike-rate of 136.21. Rahul, the PBKS captain currently is in possession of the Orange Cap, of which he was the winner last year.