India hit by another blow ahead of third England Test

The third Test is starting from February 15

By Web Desk
February 12, 2024
It must be noted that India are already without the senior batter Virat Kohli - AFP

Indian batter KL Rahul has been ruled out of the third Test match against England in Rajkot starting Thursday after failing to recover from injury.

Rahul, whose availability for the remaining three Tests was subject to fitness, has reached 90 per cent of match fitness and is progressing well under the supervision of the Medical Team, BCCI said in a statement.

"He will continue his recovery process at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru to be completely match-fit for the fourth and fifth Test," it added.

Meanwhile, uncapped batter Devdutt Padikkal has been confirmed as KL Rahul’s replacement.

Remember, Rahul had complained of right quadriceps pain during the first Test match in Hyderabad and as a result, he was ruled out of the second Test which India won comprehensively in Visakhapatnam.

India’s updated Squad for the third Test: Rohit Sharma (C), Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel (WK), KS Bharat (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja*, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep, Devdutt Padikkal.

It must be noted that India are already without the senior batter Virat Kohli, who will miss the remaining three tests of their five-match home series with England for personal reasons.

Kohli withdrew from the first two Tests, also for personal reasons. The BCCI said in a statement that it fully respected and supported the former captain’s decision.

England won the first Test by 28 runs in Hyderabad before the hosts levelled the series at 1-1 with a 106-run win at Visakhapatnam this week.

The third Test is scheduled to take place in Rajkot from Thursday, with matches to follow at Ranchi and Dharamsala.