A bad news for the Indian cricket team, opener KL Rahul has been ruled out of the Border-Gavaskar series due to an injury to his left wrist. Rahul twisted his wrist while practicing in the nets at the MCG on Saturday.
“KL Rahul twisted 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, taking him around three weeks time. Will be needed. BCCI said in a statement, to recover fully and regain full strength.
“He will need about three weeks’ time to recover fully and regain full strength. He will now return to India and head the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru to rehabilitate his injury,” the statement said.
Rahul’s injury is a big shock to mendia as they have already lost fast bowler Mohammad Shami to an arm fracture And Umesh Yadav is out of action due to strained calf muscles. The team is also recalling the services of regular captain Virat Kohli who returned to India for personal reasons. It is to be noted that India arrived in Australia without star opener Rohit Sharma, but Sharma has now joined the team after the completion of his two-week quarantine. He is expected to play in the third Test in Sydney.
Rahul’s injury means that out of opener Mayank Agarwal will continue to open for India in the remaining two Tests of the 4-match series. Mayank has failed to shine with the bat in the Adelaide and Melbourne Tests. It is expected that Aggarwal will start the innings for India for the Sydney Test with either Shubman Gill or Rohit Sharma.
It is noteworthy that India had defeated Australia in the second Test in Melbourne after suffering a humiliating defeat in the first Test in Adelaide. The series is currently leveled at 1–1.