India’s squad in England has received an encouraging piece of news as vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has shown signs of recovery from the hamstring niggle. Ajinkya Rahane is one of India’s most experienced players and his full fitness would be critical for the five-match Test series against the hosts. The first Test starts on the 4th of August in Nottingham.
India already face injury concerns even before the series as Avesh Khan, Washington Sundar, and Shubman Gill have returned home. Khan and Sundar sustained finger injuries, while Gill had a side strain on his left leg. Avesh Khan and Washington Sundar picked it up while playing for the County Select XI against India in the warm-up fixture in Durham.
Apart from them, captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane. Kohli and Rahane did not feature in the three-day practice game against the County Select XI in Durham as the former had a stiff back and the latter had a swollen hamstring. But according to the Times of India, Rahane had fielding and training sessions and batted at the Riverside Ground of Durham County.
Ajinkya Rahane was India’s 4th best batter in their 2018 tour of England:
Meanwhile, Ajinkya Rahane, with 257 runs in five Tests at 25.70, was the visitors’ fourth-highest run-getter in the series. The veteran scored a brilliant hundred in India’s famous win at the Lord’s in 2014; however, his recent form has been inconsistent. The visitors would hope for Virat Kohli’s deputy to return to his best form as they eye their first Test series win on English soil since 2007.