KL Rahul, senior India opener, has tested positive for COVID-19. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly informed Rahul after the Boards Apex Council meeting in Mumbai on Thursday. Rahul underwent surgery recently and had resumed his training at the NCA in Bengaluru. He was named in the T20I squad for the West Indies tour and was supposed to take fitness in a couple of days. With his COVID test returning positive, it remains to be seen whether he will travel to the West Indies or not. The T20I series starts on July 29 in Tadouba.
Rahul has been out of action since the completion of IPL 2022 a day before the start of the India vs South Africa T20I series last month, the 30-year-old sustained a groin injury that sidelined him immediately. Rahul flew to Germany for his treatment and after undergoing surgery, had seemingly recovered well before getting hit by Covid-19.
Rahul is now in line to make his international return in Zimbabwe in August, should he pass his post-Covid recovery. India is set to play three ODIs on August 18, 20, and 22 in Harare, and the series will be part of the ODI Super League.
Rahul recently shared videos of training in the nets, facing Jhulan Goswami, and then going about his usual drills. He has been named in Indias squad for the T20I series against West Indies starting July 29 but his availability is subject to fitness. Rahul recently addressed a coaching session at the NCA with director VVS Laxman acknowledging the same on Twitter.
Thank you @klrahul for addressing the candidates attending the Level-3 coach certification course at NCA. Listening to your different experiences as a player and captain will definitely help these passionate coaches to learn, improve and excel in their careers. @BCCI #NCA pic.twitter.com/LS3bdPCkIO— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 21, 2022
Indias squad for 5 T20Is: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Ishan Kishan, KL Rahul*, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Kuldeep Yadav*, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.