KL Rahul has been included as the 16th player to the Indian team that will play three one-day internationals in Zimbabwe from August 18 to 22. Shikhar Dhawan, who was originally slated to be the team’s captain, has been replaced by Rahul, who will now serve as skipper for Men in Blues.
Rahul was added after receiving the go-ahead from the BCCI medical staff, who had previously recommended a two-week post-Covid-19 recuperation period. KL is thought to have caught the illness a week before he was supposed to leave for the West Indies in the middle of July for the five-match T20I series.
Rahul was selected last week to play for India at full strength in the Asia Cup, which will start on August 27 in the United Arab Emirates. The Indian opener had to successfully complete the required cardiovascular test once he recovered from Covid, and then he gradually increased his training regimen. Rahul, according to ESPNcricinfo, has started batting and training hard over the previous week.
He then had a medical evaluation. Rahul had been healing from a sports hernia operation he had in Germany in June when he first caught Covid.
Since guiding the brand-new Lucknow Super Giants to the playoffs in the IPL 2022, Rahul hasn’t played any competitive cricket. He had initially been scheduled to travel with the England tour group to Birmingham for the fifth Test in early July, but he was forced to withdraw owing to a groyne complaint that was later diagnosed as a sports hernia.
Rahul will serve as India’s captain for a second time. His initial spell was by no means noteworthy, with India being thrashed 3-0 in ODIs earlier this year in South Africa.
KL Rahul in while Washington Sundar out of the squad for the Zimbabwe tour
Washington has experienced a string of injuries this year, similar to Rahul. He missed the home T20I matches against the West Indies and Sri Lanka in February because of a hamstring issue. The Indian all-rounder suffered a bowling hand injury while representing Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. He subsequently undertook a month of rehabilitation at the NCA in June, and it is believed that before making his County Championship debut, he had a shoulder issue to address.
And now, on Wednesday, Washington Sundar, another member of the group, had a near-injury scare. Washington suffered a severe injury to his left shoulder while playing for English club Lancashire when he dived from mid-field to intercept a drive during a Royal London Cup match against Worcestershire.
Later this week, the Indian squad will fly to Zimbabwe. All three One-Day Internationals will be held at Harare Sports Club, where the hosts are riding high following a thrilling 2-1 victory against Bangladesh. India automatically qualifies for the World Cup by virtue of being the hosts, despite the fact that the series is a crucial one for Zimbabwe since finishing in the top eight on the Super League table guarantees entry to the World Cup.
Now that the Zimbabwe series is right on the verge, lets have a look at the squad selected for this tour:
KL Rahul (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan, Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Siraj, Deepak Chahar.
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