‘Why is the Player Sending Wrong Signals?’: KL Rahul’s Exclusion From 3rd Test Raises Uncomfortable Questions


Last Updated: February 13, 2024, 13:11 IST

KL Rahul missed the 2nd Test due to fitness issue. (BCCI Photo)

KL Rahul missed the 2nd Test due to fitness issue. (BCCI Photo)

KL Rahul has been ruled out from the 3rd Test two days after returning to the India squad for the remainder of the ongoing series against England at home.

The Indian cricket team continues to be hit by injury concerns. Two days after BCCI announced squad for the remaining three Tests of the ongoing home series against England, KL Rahul has been ruled out from the third match that gets underway from February 15 in Rajkot.

Interestingly, Rahul had shared a clip of him batting in the before the BCCI sent out a press release on the wicketkeeper-batter attaining ’90 per cent match fitness’ but is not available for the 3rd Test.

“KL Rahul, whose availability for the remaining three Tests was subject to fitness, has been ruled out of the third Test against England in Rajkot. Mr. Rahul has reached 90 per cent of match fitness and is progressing well under the supervision of the BCCI Medical Team,” the BCCI said in a statement.

News agency PTI quoted a senior BCCI source as saying that the medical team isn’t confident that Rahul is match fitt.

“KL Rahul hasn’t yet reported in Rajkot. Ravindra Jadeja, the local boy has linked up with the team. It was always a case of subject to fitness and BCCI medical team is still not confident that he is match fit,” the source was quoted as saying.

A senior BCCI official raised questions over the logic behind including Rahul in the provisional squad despite the medical team aware of the seriousness of the quadriceps injury which kept the batter out from the 2nd Test in Vizag.

“If the BCCI’s medical team knew in first place that Rahul’s quad injury is as serious as it looks, why in the first place was he kept in provisional squad? And why is the player sending wrong signals by posting videos of his batting on Instagram stories?,” a senior BCCI official asked.

The five-match Test series is currently locked at one-all.



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