WI VS IND: KL Rahul has been ruled out of the upcoming T20I series against West Indies, as per ESPNcricinfo. Rahul was named in India’s squad for this series, subject to his fitness status. The five-match T20I series, between India and West Indies, will commence on 29th August. Discover more best sports betting sites in India that are top-rated in the market and it has an amazing live betting platform. Have fun at home!

After Rahul tested positive for COVID-19, there were some speculations that he would play the last two T20Is in Lauderhill. Rahul has recovered now but he has been advised a rest of one week by BCCI’s medical team. He is likely to feature in the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe in Harare, starting on 18th August.

Rahul has not played any cricket since the Eliminator of IPL 2022. He has been battling injuries and fitness issues for a while. The Indian opening batter first missed the home T20I series against South Africa due to a groin strain. He, thereafter, had sports hernia surgery in Germany and completed his rehab at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. 

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WI VS IND: What’s going on and what’s next?

WI vs IND: KL Rahul to miss the T20I series
WI vs IND: KL Rahul to miss the T20I series

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Meanwhile, India’s second-string side has already clinched the ongoing ODI series against the ‘Men in Maroon’. While Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj have been imposing in both games, Deepak Hooda’s all-around abilities have also provided flexibility to the team. Axar Patel’s batting show in the second ODI has also been an encouraging positive.

Talking about the T20I series, Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant will join the team. Ravindra Jadeja, who missed the first two ODIs due to fitness issues, is also likely to make a comeback. Ravichandran Ashwin has been brought back into India’s T20I set-up. On the other note, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah have been rested from this series.

India’s preparations are in full swing for the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia, after the group stage exit in the previous T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE. They haven’t lost any of their six T20I series since then, including a drawn T20I series against South Africa. 

As of now, the Indian team management has to finalize the third seamer spot in the main XI. Harshal Patel seems to be the front-runner in the race. Virat Kohli’s poor returns, in recent times, is also a concern for the team. After this five-match T20I series, India will play the Asia Cup and bilateral series against Australia and South Africa. 

India are likely to play the remaining series with full-strength teams to sharpen their combination before the mega event. They have got plenty of time to finalize their World Cup squad and make the tough decisions if need be.

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