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The Royal Challengers Bangalore is struggling with injuries. Many of their players are injured and a few are unavailable. This happening at the beginning of the season has given them a big blow. Rajat Patidar, Reece Topley, Josh Hazlewood, and Wanindu Hasaranga are all unavailable. Two of them are injured while the other two are yet to arrive. Injuries have marred TATA IPL 2023 in general. Kane Williamson met with an unfortunate injury in the first game itself. Here is an in-depth look at the reasons why these players are unavailable and who can replace them. 

Rajat Patidar of Royal Challengers Bangalore is Out Due to Injury: 

Rajat Patidar Royal Challengers Bangalore
Rajat Patidar was a key player for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. IMG SRC: RCB

In the recently released preview show on the RCB Youtube Channel, Director of Cricket Operations of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mike Hesson, confirmed that Rajat Patidar is unavailable for selection. He is nursing an injury that he caught up in this domestic season as claimed by Hesson. Initially, it was reported by various media houses that Rajat might miss the entire season, but RCB claims that he will be available for selection in a few days. Rajat is out due to an Achilles Heel injury. RCB is yet to name a replacement for Rajat. 

Wanindu Hasaranag and Hazlewood to Join the team By Next Week: 

Wanindu Hasaranga Royal Challengers Bangalore
Hasaranga is currently on international duties. IMG SRC: Sri Lankan Cricket

Hazlewood is set to join the Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 14. Wanindu Hasaranga on the other hand will join the team as soon as he is done with his international duties. He is yet to play just one game, which is the 3rd T20I against New Zealand. He will take the first flight to India post that game, as said by the RCB management. Hazlewood on the other hand was nursing an injury with his ankle. He was injured while playing on a damp pitch at the SCG. Michael Bracewell is currently filling the shoes of Wanindu Hasaranga.  

Reece Topley Has Dislocated his Shoulder while Playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore: 

Reece Topley Royal Challengers Bangalore
Reece can be easily replaced by David Willey but does Willey have the form required?

Reece Topley is the latest addition to the list of injured players. He dislocated his shoulder in the first game of the season against RCB. This happened while Topley was fielding and dived to save a boundary. He bowled only two overs and was very impressive in those 12 balls. However, he has traveled to Kolkata with the team to show his support for them. David Willey is a direct replacement for him. Topley bowls 140 kmph while Willey bowls 125 to 130. But Willey has a dangerous weapon of swing. 

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