IND vs ENG 2022: KL Rahul is unlikely to feature in the Edgbaston Test against England starting on 1st July due to his groin injury. KL Rahul who was ruled out of the ongoing T20I series because of a right groin strain is uncertain for the Test match as well.
KL Rahul who was named as the Captain of the T20I series was ruled out of India’s T20I squad on the eve of the first match in Delhi due to a groin injury & thus Rishabh Pant was named as the Captain of India’s T20I squad. KL Rahul was also named as the deputy to Rohit Sharma for their England tour where India will play the fifth rescheduled Test of the five-match Test series from July 1-5.
This extended Test series was started in 2021 but it had to be stopped midway after four games because of Covid cases in the Indian squad. After the conclusion of the fifth Test India will play three T20Is & three ODIs against England. If KL Rahul will stay unavailable for the England Tour, then the selectors will have to name a vice-captain for the tour, which could be Pant.
It is not clear for how long KL Rahul will be out of action as he had reported at the NCA in Bengaluru just a few days back & his diagnosis is still incomplete. Sources have indicated that his participation in the England Test series is doubtful but couldn’t clarify if he will have to skip the white ball games as well. The first batch of the Indian team will fly to England on Friday (June 16) and another batch, including coach Rahul Dravid, Pant, and Shreyas Iyer, on June 20.
The BCCI also confirmed KL Rahul & Kuldeep Yadav’s injury through an Official Statement stating “Team India Captain KL Rahul has been ruled out of the T20I series against South Africa owing to a right groin injury while Kuldeep Yadav will miss out in the T20I series after getting hit on his right hand while batting in the nets last evening.”
However, there is no clarity on whether the selection committee will name a replacement for KL Rahul as it had already announced a 17-member squad that includes three openers. Excluding KL Rahul, the Indian Test team will have Rohit Sharma & Shubman Gill as the openers. But if the team management demands a replacement then Mayank Agarwal could be added to the squad.
India’s Test squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain) Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohd Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Prasidh Krishna
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