Opening batter KL Rahul has recovered from Covid-19 and is set to lead Team India in the upcoming three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe. Rahul will replace Shikhar Dhawan, who was earlier named captain for the 50-overs leg.
“The BCCI Medical Team has assessed KL Rahul and cleared him to play in the upcoming three-match ODI series in Zimbabwe. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has appointed him the captain of the side and named Shikhar Dhawan as his deputy,” a BCCI statement read.
Rahul’s addition now takes India’s ODI squad strength to 16 as he will not replace any player from the initial 15-member contingent.
“Hey Guys, I wanted to clarify a couple of things about my health and fitness. My surgery in June was successful and I had begun my training with hope of returning to national duty for the tour of West Indies. Unfortunately, as I was returning to full fitness, I tested positive for Covid 19,” Rahul had tweeted after not being picked in the original squad for Zimbabwe tour.
“This naturally pushes things back by a couple of weeks but I aim to recover as quickly as possible and be available for selection as quickly as I can,” he further wrote.
“To represent the country is highest honour and I cannot wait to get out there back in blue.”
— K L Rahul (@klrahul) July 30, 2022
The Zimbabwe versus India ODI series will kick start on August 18 and continue till August 22.
India tour of Zimbabwe 2022 schedule
- Aug 18 – Zimbabwe vs India, 1st ODI – Harare Sports Club, Harare
- Aug 20 – Zimbabwe vs India, 2nd ODI – Harare Sports Club, Harare
- Aug 22 – Zimbabwe vs India, 3rd ODI Harare Sports Club, Harare