“After careful consideration and consultation with the medical team, it’s been concluded that I’ll be undergoing a surgery on my thigh shortly,” Rahul posted on Instagram. “My focus will be on my rehabilitation and recovery in the coming weeks. It’s a tough call to make, but I know it’s the right one to ensure a full recovery.”

“Following the injury to Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul in the game against RCB, further tests and scans have unfortunately confirmed a significant tear to his tendon which will require surgery,” his franchise said in a statement.

In his message for LSG, he wrote: “As the team captain, it pains me deeply not to be able to be there during this crucial period. But, I’m confident that the boys will rise to the occasion and give their best performance as always. I’ll be cheering for them from the sidelines with all of you, watching every game.”

Rahul had been named in the Test squad to represent India at the ICC World Test Championship final but that is now out of the equation as well.

Lucknow Super Giants on Friday named Karun Nair as a replacement for the injured KL Rahul for the remainder of the IPL. Karun, who replaces Rahul at LSG, has so far played 76 IPL games and has 1496 runs against his name. He will join LSG for INR 50 Lakh.

He wrote, “Absolutely gutted that I won’t be at the Oval next month with Team India. I’ll do everything I can to get back in blue and help my country. That has always been my focus and priority.”

Rahul suffered the injury when trying stop a boundary against RCB at Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow. He pulled holding his thigh and was writhing in pain, after which he limped off the field with some help. Rahul then returned to bat at No 11 but couldn’t strike the ball well or even move between the wickets as LSG lost.