In a massive blow for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), batter Rajat Patidar was on Tuesday ruled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season due to an Achilles’ heel injury.
The Faf du Plessis-led side were hopeful that Rajat, 29, who didn’t take part in the team’s first match, would be available to play for them at some stage the current season.
The franchise is still name a replacement for Rajat.
“Rajat Patidar will not take part in IPL 2023. RCB wish Rajat Patidar a speedy recovery and will continue to support him during the process,” the franchise said in a statement.
“The coaches and management haven’t decided to name a replacement for the player yet. They are focused on helping Rajat to recover and get back on the field,” it added.
Notably, Patidar wasn’t picked at last year’s mega auction but came in as a replacement midway through the season following an injury to wicketkeeper Luvnith Sisodia. He finished the IPL 2022 as the third-highest run-scorer for RCB, behind du Plessis and Kohli, scoring 333 runs in seven innings at a strike rate of 152.75.
The Madhya Pradesh batter was in very good form in the domestic season as well before he suffered an injury and went to NCA for treatment.
RCB will next face Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their next game on April 6.