Zim vs Ind 2022 – KL Rahul to captain India in Zimbabwe after being passed fit

KL Rahul has been drafted in because the sixteenth member of India’s squad that can tour Zimbabwe for 3 ODIs between August 18 and 22. Rahul may even captain the squad, with Shikhar Dhawan, who was earlier set to lead, now named his deputy.
Rahul’s inclusion follows a clearance from BCCI’s medical crew that has earlier suggested a two-week post-Covid-19 restoration time-frame. Rahul is believed to have contracted the virus every week prior to his scheduled departure for the West Indies mid-July, for the 5 match T20I-sequence. Last week, Rahul was named in India’s full-energy squad for the Asia Cup that might be held in UAE from August 27.
Since recovering from Covid, Rahul has had to move the obligatory cardiovascular take a look at following which he has slowly amped up his coaching routine. ESPNcricinfo understands Rahul has resumed batting and coaching full tilt over the previous week, following which he underwent a medical evaluation. Prior to contracting Covid, Rahul had been recovering from a surgical procedure he underwent for sports activities hernia in Germany in June.

Rahul hasn’t performed any aggressive cricket since IPL 2022, the place he led debutant-franchise Lucknow Super Giants to the playoffs. He was initially set to be a part of the England tour celebration for the fifth Test in Birmingham in early July, however had to pull out due to a groin pressure, which was later revealed as a sports activities hernia.

This might be Rahul’s second stint as India captain. His first stint was removed from memorable, with India being blanked 3-0 in the ODIs in South Africa earlier this 12 months.

Injury scare for Washington Sundar

Washington Sundar, who can also be a part of the squad, suffered an harm scare on Wednesday. In the midst of a stint with English county Lancashire, Washington landed closely on his left shoulder after diving from mid-on to cease a drive in a Royal London Cup fixture towards Worcestershire. He left the sector instantly and did not take any additional half in the match as a precautionary measure. Washington is probably going to hyperlink up with India’s squad straight in Harare after Lancashire’s conflict towards Hampshire on Sunday.

Like Rahul, Washington too has had a run of accidents this 12 months. In February, he was sidelined from the West Indies and Sri Lanka T20Is at dwelling due to a hamstring harm. During the IPL, he injured his bowling hand whereas enjoying for Sunrisers Hyderabad. He then underwent a month-lengthy rehabilitation on the NCA in June and it’s understood he had a shoulder problem to type out earlier than making his County Championship debut.

The Indian crew will depart for Zimbabwe later this week. All three ODIs might be performed at Harare Sports Club, with the hosts on a excessive after a powerful 2-1 win over Bangladesh. While the sequence is a part of the ICC World Cup Super League and massively essential for Zimbabwe – ending in the highest eight on the Super League desk means direct qualification to the World Cup – India qualify for subsequent 12 months’s World Cup mechanically by advantage of being the hosts.

Updated India squad: KL Rahul (captain) Shikhar Dhawan (vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Sanju Samson (wicketkeeper), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Siraj, Deepak Chahar.

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