Royal Challengers Bangalore, the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise. They have suffered a major blow ahead of the 2023 season. Sad news that Rajat Patidar has been ruled out of the tournament due to a heel injury. The 29-year-old batsman had been undergoing rehab at the BCCI’s National Cricket Academy. However, failed to recover sufficiently from the injury he sustained before joining the team’s pre-season camp.
Rajat Patidar was a standout performer for Royal Challengers in the 2022 season, hitting the fastest hundred by an Indian in IPL history in the Eliminator. Which was rated as the best innings in men’s franchise cricket in 2022 by ESPNcricinfo’s panellists. He finished the season as the third-highest run-scorer for the team. Amassing 333 runs in just seven innings at an impressive strike rate of 152.75.
Although Patidar’s absence is a significant loss for Royal Challengers. The team has decided not to name a replacement for him just yet. However, there are further concerns for the team as they are without the services of Will Jacks, who was ruled out of the tournament a couple of weeks before the start and was replaced by Michael Bracewell. Reece Topley also picked up a shoulder injury during the first game and played no further part in it.
Moreover, doubts linger over the participation of Australian quick Josh Hazlewood, who is recovering from Achilles tendonitis. Despite these setbacks, Royal Challengers made a strong start to the tournament with an emphatic eight-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians.
The team will play their next game against Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday, and fans will be hoping for a continuation of their winning momentum.