The Pataudi series between India and England is levelled at 1-1 and the stage is set for an enthralling three matches between one of the world’s top two Test teams. Recently, India announced their squad for the remaining three matches and there have been some surprise inclusions and exclusions.
The Indians have gotten respite with the inclusion of KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja in the Test squad for the England series but there is a condition of subject to fitness before their names which will worry the Indian fans a bit before heading for the 3rd Test at Rajkot.
KL Rahul’s recent social media update
Rahul's absence from the second Test due to a quadriceps injury left a void in the Indian batting lineup. Alongside him, notable players like Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, and Mohammed Siraj were also absent, posing challenges for the team.
In a recent Instagram story, KL Rahul provided a sneak peek into his training, hinting towards his possible return in the 3rd Test at Rajkot. In the video KL Rahul appeared comfortable during his net session, setting a positive tone for his potential comeback.
Indian star all-rounder who missed the 2nd Test due to a hamstring pull is currently recovering at the NCA and is also looking to make a comeback in his home ground at Rajkot. But his presence in the 3rd Test will be subject to the clearance of the Indian Cricket Board’s medical team.
India’s squad for the remainder of three Tests
The third Test is scheduled to commence on February 15 at the historic Rajkot venue. The anticipation surrounding this match is heightened, considering the stakes involved and the potential impact on the series outcome. Led by Rohit Sharma, the squad features a blend of experience and youth, with promising talents like Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill complementing seasoned performers like R Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah.
Squad: Rohit Sharma (C), Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul*, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel (WK), KS Bharat (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja*, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep.