Unadkat ruled out of IPL with left shoulder injury

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Lucknow Super Giants speedy Jaydev Unadkat has been ruled out of the remainder of IPL 2023 due to a left shoulder injury, which he sustained while training in the nets on Sunday. ESPNcricinfo has learned that he will be fit in time for the WTC final against Australia, which begins at The Oval on June 7.

Unadkat was due to throw his first ball into the Lucknow nets on Sunday when he ran in from around the wicket and his left foot got caught in the rope holding up the net. He fell badly on his bowling elbow. He grabbed his left shoulder while still on the ground and was seen not long after with his arm in a sling and an ice pack on his shoulder.

It is learned that Unadkat traveled to Mumbai for scans and visited one of the specialized consultants appointed by the BCCI. In consultation with the board’s medical staff, Super Giants decided to withdraw Unadkat from the IPL. He is expected to go to the NCA in Bengaluru for rehab to get fit to travel to England for the WTC final against Australia.

Unadkat’s injury came on the same day as that of KL Rahul, who hurt his right leg while chasing a ball into the outfield in the second game against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday night. The results of Rahul’s scans and the extent of the injury are still pending.

Unadkat had gone wicketless in three IPL matches this season and has leaked 92 runs in the eight overs he has bowled.

He is among the five fast bowling options – along with Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav and all-rounder Shardul Thakur – in India’s squad for the WTC final. Rahul is also on the WTC team, but his participation is unclear at the moment.

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