KL Rahul has been ruled out of the upcoming Test series against New Zealand with a muscle strain he sustained on his left thigh. Suryakumar Yadav, who was a part of India’s Test squad in England earlier this year, has been named Rahul’s replacement two days out from the start of first Test.
KL Rahul has been ruled out of the upcoming two-match Test series against New Zealand due to an injury, as confirmed by the BCCI on Tuesday, November 23. Rahul, who’d formed a formidable opening pair with Rohit Sharma during the Test series in England earlier this year, sustained a muscle strain on his left thigh, and will now undergo rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Bangalore.
Suryakumar Yadav, who made his T20I and ODI debut earlier this year, has been added to the squad as replacement. Yadav was a part of India’s squad in England, but is yet to get his maiden Test cap.
The right-hander has aggregated 5,326 runs at 44.01 from 77 first-class appearances with 14 hundreds till date.
“Team India batsman Mr. KL Rahul has sustained a muscle strain on his left thigh and has been ruled out of the upcoming 2-match Paytm Test series against New Zealand,” BCCI confirmed in a statement.
“He will now undergo rehabilitation at NCA in preparation for the series against South Africa scheduled next month.
“The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Mr. Suryakumar Yadav as KL Rahul’s replacement.”
The first of two India-New Zealand Tests will be played in Kanpur from Thursday, November 25.
India squad for New Zealand Test series: Ajinkya Rahane (capt), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara (vice-capt), Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav Wriddhiman Saha (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna
Regular captain Virat Kohli will join the squad for second Test in Mumbai, beginning December 3.