KL Rahul has been ruled out of the ongoing five-match T20 series against South Africa. He suffered a groin injury while practising in nets ahead of the first T20I. KL Rahul was appointed as the captain of the team in the series. However, Rishabh Pant has now taken the charge, while Hardik Pandya will assume the vice-captaincy duties.
KL Rahul was earlier being told to go under rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy. However, now it has been revealed that he is likely to board the flight on June 16 for the UK.
“We will get a full picture when he checks in at the NCA. He will do that in a day or two. But as per the team physio, it’s not very serious in nature. We are making arrangements to send him to the UK with the first batch to complete his recovery there,” a senior BCCI official told InsideSport.
Notably, KL Rahul has missed four series in the last 7 months due to injuries which is a big worry for the team. Meanwhile, the first batch of the Indian team players including Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will board the flight to England on the 16th of June. The second batch will leave for England after the completion of the ongoing T20 series against South Africa.
“He (KL Rahul) should be available for the Test in England but it’s too early to say anything. What we know so far is that the injury is not very serious but he was withdrawn from the South Africa series as a precaution,” the BCCI official said.
India Test squad for England: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain) Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohd Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Prasidh Krishna.