KL Rahul, the incumbent senior opener in the Indian Cricket Team, will lead the team in the three-match ODI series in Zimbabwe after being declared fit by BCCI medical team on Thursday, August 11. The Board for Control Cricket in India stated the same in an official update. It said, “The BCCI Medical Team has assessed KL Rahul and cleared him to play in the upcoming three-match ODI series in Zimbabwe.”
According to the statement given by BCCI, the All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Shikhar Dhawan as KL Rahul’s deputy. BCCI lined up Rahul for the West Indies Series. However, he tested COVID-19 positive before the tournament. Moreover, he was recovering from a sports hernia surgery.
Due to his time-consuming recovery, the BCCI did not select him for the Zimbabwe tour. They gave him rest for complete recovery before the crucial Asia Cup. However, as BCCI declared him the captain, the total head count of the team is 16 because they did not replace any player.
On the other hand, Rahul’s addition means no chance for Ruturaj Gaikwad to get in the game series. Players who will not participate in the series are Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami.
Currently, Jaspreet Bumrah is recovering from a back injury. Due to this, BCCI has ruled him out of Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates. KL Rahul and Deepak Hooda are the only two players in the main squad.
Asia Cup will begin on August 27, 2022.
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