Team India has suffered a major setback before the first Test against New Zealand starting in Kanpur from November 25. According to the report of PTI, opener KL Rahul has been ruled out of the first match of the 2-match Test series due to injury. A BCCI source told PTI that KL Rahul is not playing the first Test. Rahul was missing from the Indian team’s practice session, which was attended by almost all the players, at the Green Park stadium on Tuesday. ( KL Rahul out of Kanpur Test )
India batter KL Rahul ruled out of first Test against New Zealand due to injury: BCCI sources
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) November 23, 2021
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Shubman hopes to bat in the middle order
The nature and extent of Rahul’s injury could not be confirmed. Shubman Gill was seen opening the batting with Mayank Agarwal during the team’s net session as series opener Cheteshwar Pujara also batted. It is understood that either Shreyas Iyer or Suryakumar Yadav will make his Test debut and bat in the middle order. Shubman was expected to bat in the middle order but now in Rahul’s absence the youngster will be asked to play in his normal opening slot.
KL Rahul out of Kanpur Test
Newly-appointed vice-captain in T20Is Rahul has been in a rich vein lately. He scored three consecutive half-centuries in the T20 World Cup 2021 in the United Arab Emirates before the end of India’s campaign. In the second T20I against New Zealand at Ranchi, Rahul hit a match-winning 65 off 49 balls as the Men in Blue beat the visitors by 5 wickets to take an unassailable 2-0 lead. He was rested for the third and final match of the series in Kolkata, and was replaced by Ishan Kishan. India won the match by 73 runs and defeated the Kiwis 3-0. (KL Rahul out of Kanpur Test )