Mohali : Indian cricket team’s poor fitness record in the ongoing home season continued as opener KL Rahul was on Saturday ruled out of the third Test due to a forearm injury sustained during the second match.
Rahul had earlier missed out two Tests and five ODIs against New Zealand after suffering a hamstring injury during the Kanpur Test match.
“KL Rahul sustained a blow to his left forearm while fielding in Vizag. Injury got exaggerated in the nets. He feels uncomfortable while batting. BCCI medical team advised him rest to fully recover,” the official statement from the team stated.
Paceman Ishant Sharma was out of New Zealand series with Chikungunya, Rahul with hamstring injury, Shikhar Dhawan with thumb injury, Bhuvneshar Kumar with back strain and now Wriddiman Saha has also encountered tendonitis issue.
Rahul was drafted in the side after scoring a half-century and a century on his comeback into the Karnataka team for Ranji Trophy.
Dhawan who has recovered from thumb fracture and has already played a Ranji Trophy match against Rajasthan at Wayanad may be named in the squad for the next Test match in Mumbai in case Rahul doesn’t get fit in time.
In case he gets fit, chances of including a third opener increases, after this latest injury.
Rahul’s second injury blow comes after Wriddhiman Saha suffered a thigh strain in Vizag.
In both cases team management waited a bit more than usual to reveal the news as both Rahul and Saha are first-choice players in their respective positions in this Indian Test team. Skipper Virat Kohli has time and again vouched for both players’ abilities.
Rahul in his nascent international career spanning 10 Tests, 3 ODIs and 5 T20 Internationals has suffered from health issues as well as injuries.–PTI