KL Rahul has been ruled out of the last two Tests against Australia after suffering an injury during practice, the BCCI announced on Tuesday. The latest injury is a further addition to Team India’s injury list. Before KL Rahul, fast-bowlers Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav were also ruled out of the series after picking up injuries during the course of the series.
Shami suffered a fracture in his forearm while batting in the second innings of the first Test. Scans confirmed a fracture and he was subsequently ruled out of the series. Shami was replaced by Shardul Thakur in the squad. On the other hand, Umesh picked up a calf injury while bowling in the second innings of the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He was later replaced by T Natarajan in the Test squad for the last two Tests.
And ahead of the third Test, India have suffered yet another injury blow with KL Rahul now sidelined. The BCCI in their statement announced that the batsman was ruled out after spraining his left wrist while batting in the nets last week. KL Rahul will now return to India and will then head to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for his rehab.
“KL Rahul sprained his left wrist while batting in the nets at the MCG during Team India’s practice session on Saturday. The wicketkeeper-batsman will not be available for the remaining two Tests of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy as he will need about three weeks time to recover completely and regain full strength,” read a statement from the BCCI.
“He will now return to India and head to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for further rehabilitation of his injury,” added the statement.
KL Rahul did not play in the first two Tests and might have remained on the bench for the third Test too after the return of Rohit Sharma. Rohit joined the team in Melbourne last week and is set to open the innings along with Shubman Gill in the third Test, scheduled to start on January 7 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Meanwhile, the four-match series is currently locked at 1-1. Team India have the momentum with them after winning the second Test in a comprehensive manner. The Ajinkya Rahane-led side thrashed the hosts by eight wickets to draw level in the four-match series. A win in the upcoming game will be enough for Team India to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
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