Senior opener L Rahul is all set to miss the ‘fifth’ Test against England in Birmingham next month as he is unlikely to recover from a back injury that has ruled him out of the ongoing T20I series against South Africa. Were out In another development, Hardik Pandya is likely to captain the White Ball squad in England as Rishbha Pant, who is currently leading the T20 team, will join the Indian Test squad in the UK only after the South Africa series. ۔
“Rahul has not recovered from his back injury. The Test squad members are gathering in Mumbai today and will be out at midnight. Rahul is not traveling with the team. It will take some more time for him to recover. Although he may appear during a fitness test. At the end of the week. Told
Apart from Pant, all the players are leaving for England on Thursday morning for the July 1-5 match, including captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Jaspreet Bumrah and Mohammad Shami.
It is understood that since there is only one Test match, which is a spill over from the 2021 series, the selectors have not yet considered a replacement for KL Rahul.
“You have Shabman Gul, who has opened most of his Test matches. Otherwise, Cheteshwar Pujara can start batting if there is a fitness issue for either of the two openers. There was a team and there will be 16 players. They are leaving. So that’s not a problem, “the source added.
Hardick is in line for the captaincy in Ireland.
It has been decided that Pant will not play in two T20 Internationals against Ireland and therefore Hardik, who is his deputy for the South Africa series, will lead the team.
“While Dinesh Karthik, who is the most senior player in the squad along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, was Hardik, who was Pant’s nominee and therefore preferred for leadership,” the official added.
In Pant’s absence, India have two keepers in the squad, Ishan Kishan and Karthik.
There will not be much change in the squad that is currently playing against South Africa and therefore the chances of Mohsin Khan or Rahul Tripathi seem slim.
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