Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Rahul ruled out for New Zealand Tests; Surya Kumar added. Rahul suffered a muscle strain on his left thigh.
Rahul suffered a muscle strain on his left thigh.
Opener KL Rahul has been ruled out of the upcoming Test series against New Zealand due to an injury, the BCCI confirmed on Tuesday (November 23). India have made a late addition to their Test squad as a result by picking Suryakumar Yadav just two days ahead of the first Test in Kanpur.
Rahul regained his spot in the Test side recently in England where he formed a formidable partnership at the top of the order alongside Rohit Sharma. Even though the workload of several senior players were managed during the ongoing home series against New Zealand ahead of the South Africa tour, Rahul continued to be present in all squads. He wasn't in the playing XI on Sunday for the final T20I against New Zealand.
The 29-year-old has sustained a muscle strain on his left thigh and will now undergo rehabilitation at NCA in order to prepare for the long tour of South Africa that begins next month.
Suryakumar, who has been picked as his replacement for the New Zealand Tests, hasn't featured in the red-ball format for India despite making his debut in the other two formats earlier this year. He was a part of the Test squad in England as well earlier this year. India will already be without Rohit and Virat Kohli for the opening Test with Ajinkya Rahane leading the side. Kohli will return to lead the side in the second Test in Mumbai that begins on December 3.