KL Rahul shares fitness update ahead of 3rd Test against England star batter hits nets | WATCH


The Indian cricket milieu is abuzz with anticipation as star batter KL Rahul signals a return to the fold with fitness updates preceding the third Test against England at the Saurashtra Cricket Stadium in Rajkot. After a notable absence in the second Test due to pain in his quadriceps, Rahul eyes reclaiming his position in the Playing XI, embellishing India’s batting cadre with his expertise. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) included Rahul in the selection for the final trio of Tests, contingent on his successful recovery.

The second Test in Vizag witnessed the Indian lineup sans the valuable presence of four stalwarts – KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, and Mohammed Siraj. In lieu of Rahul, newcomer Rajat Patidar was conferred with a debut cap, marking his entry into Test cricket. With the series progressing and BCCI unveiling the squad for the climactic Tests, 31-year-old Rahul took to the nets, an event captured in his Instagram story aptly captioned “Sunday,” showcasing his batting in evident comfort.

The returning troika of Rahul, Jadeja, and Siraj strengthens the Indian squadron for the remainder of the Test matches against England. However, for Rahul and Jadeja, the green signal to participate hinges on the clearance from BCCI’s medical contingent, a point conspicuously highlighted during the official squad announcement on Saturday:

“1: Virat Kohli will remain unavailable for selection for the remainder of the series due to personal reasons. The Board fully respects and supports Mr. Kohli’s decision.

2: The participation of Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul is subject to fitness clearance from the BCCI medical team.”

As Rajkot gears up to host the contest from February 15 onward, trepidations and aspirations align with the Indian roster that reflects a blend of seasoned campaigners and budding talents. Leading the charge, Rohit Sharma, adorned with the captain’s mantle, is joined by Jasprit Bumrah, holding the vice-captaincy. The team burgeons with the inclusion of dynamic figures such as Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel (WK), and KS Bharat (WK). Flexing its spin department, the squad boasts names like R Ashwin, Axar Patel, and Kuldeep Yadav, while Washington Sundar’s all-round attributes add depth.

Mohammed Siraj makes a comeback to fortify the pace battery, alongside newcomers Mukesh Kumar and Akash Deep, ready to inscribe their narratives in international cricket. The ensemble is a testament to India’s bench strength and a reflection of the robust domestic framework churning out cricketers ready to rise to the international challenge.

As the series approaches its pivotal phases, the Indian cricket fraternity awaits with bated breath the final nod from the medical team concerning the fitness of Jadeja and Rahul. The third Test in Rajkot isn’t just a showdown between two cricketing powerhouses but a tableau of individual comebacks, strategic depths, and the relentless pursuit of excellence characteristic of Test cricket’s enduring allure. India’s campaign against England, thus, stands poised at an intersection of grit, talent, and health, all vital to scripting success in the five-day format’s rigorous theatre.

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