After worsening his hamstring injury, India’s veteran opener KL Rahul has been ruled out of the team that will visit Zimbabwe for an ODI series next month.
This move may jeopardise his chances of playing in the T20 World Cup. Despite undergoing a successful sports hernia surgery for a lower abdomen injury, Rahul is reported to still be recovering. His hamstring is still hurting as well.
KL Rahul Eager To Return, Comeback Delayed By COVID-19
KL Rahul said in a long statement on Saturday that testing positive for COVID-19 had delayed his return to international play “by a couple of weeks,” but he still hopes to heal fast and be eligible for selection. It’s vital to remember that Rahul had been selected for the T20Is against the West Indies but was later disqualified after testing positive.
Rahul missed the five-match T20I series against South Africa because of an injury he had previously sustained.
Taking to Twitter, Rahul wrote: “Hey guys, I wanted to clarify a couple of things about my health and fitness. My surgery in June was successful and I had begun training with the hope of returning to national duty for the team’s tour of the West Indies. Unfortunately, as I was nearing a return to full fitness, I tested positive for COVID-19.”
“This naturally pushes things back by a couple of weeks, but I aim to recover as quickly as possible, and be available for selection as soon as I can. To represent the national team is the highest honour, and I cannot wait to get out there back in blue,” he added.
— K L Rahul (@klrahul) July 30, 2022
Deepak Chahar Makes Comeback
India’s team for the forthcoming three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe, which starts on August 18, was unveiled earlier on Saturday night. Shikhar Dhawan will be the team’s captain while Deepak Chahar has returned after overcoming an ailment. Additionally, Rahul Tripathi earned his first ODI cap.
The following players will be part of the Indian team for the three one-day internationals:
Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Siraj, Deepak Chahar.