India have named KL Rahul as the captain for the ODIs against Zimbabwe after the BCCI medical team cleared him to play in the series starting on 18 August. Rahul has received the green signal from the BCCI medical team for the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe next week. The opener has been out of action for a while with a sports hernia, with Covid-19 extending his stint on the sidelines.
KL Rahul got injured just before the home series against South Africa in June. After this he has had hernia operation in Germany. After the operation, Rahul was preparing to return to international cricket. Just a few days ago, Rahul Corona got infected. Now after being fit, Rahul is ready to return to international cricket.
Big changes have been made in Team India for Zimbabwe tour. KL Rahul has returned to the team and has been given the captaincy. He was earlier not included in the 15-man squad for this tour. When the squad for the three-match ODI series was announced on July 30, Rahul was not in that team. Then Shikhar Dhawan was given the captaincy. After the return of Rahul, Dhawan has now been made the vice-captain. The three-match ODI series between India and Zimbabwe will begin on August 18.
KL Rahul was named captain for the home series against South Africa in June. However, he was injured just before the series. He was battling a groin injury. After this, Rahul recently had a hernia operation in Germany. After this, Rahul was preparing to return to international cricket. There were speculations that Rahul would return to international cricket from the recent West Indies tour. He was also selected in the team. However, just before leaving for the tour, Rahul got corona infected. So he could not join the team. Now Rahul is ready to return to international cricket from Zimbabwe tour.
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 included in the original squad for the Zimbabwe tour.
Countrys honour comes first "To represent the country is highest honour and I cannot wait to get out there back in blue."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.
India will tour Zimbabwe for the first time in six years. The last time India were in Zimbabwe was when the team, led by MS Dhoni, played three ODIs and as many T20Is in June-July 2016. While India have rested many top players including regular captain Rohit Sharma and his predecessor Virat Kohli, the tour will feature Deepak Chahar, who has spent nearly six months battling a hamstring injury. Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav has recovered from a wrist injury to return to the side.
KL Rahul (Captain) Shikhar Dhawan (vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Subhuman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Deepak Chahar.