The Indian cricket team is all set to face off against England at Lucknow’s Ekana Cricket Stadium on Sunday. Prior to the match, KL Rahul, one of India’s standout wicketkeeper-batsmen, shared his journey of recovering from a challenging hamstring injury.

Returning to Lucknow may have stirred painful memories for KL Rahul, as it was here that he had suffered a hamstring injury during an Indian Premier League (IPL) game against RCB. The recollection of that injury likely resurfaced as Rahul arrived in the city for India’s sixth match in the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023.

During the pre-match press conference, KL Rahul expressed his disappointment about not being able to complete the IPL 2023 season due to his injury. He also revealed his desire to move past the memory of that injury and create new, happier ones. He stated:

“When I arrived at the ground yesterday, my last memory of this place was falling down and injuring myself. Hopefully, I can put that aside and create better and more joyful memories to replace that one.”

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He added, “I want to forget about it, but people don’t let me forget.”

Going into more detail about the injury he sustained during the IPL 2023 season in Lucknow, Rahul shared that returning to the same ground with Team India brought back a flood of memories. He reflected:

“The injury I had kept me out of the game for four or five months. It was a challenging time. Anyone who has experienced an injury, if you ask them, will tell you that it involves surgery and making a comeback, which demands a lot of hard work, patience, and a difficult journey.”

India’s Squad For ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya (vc), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav.