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Ruturaj Gaikwad to be fit for 3rd India vs England Test match in Rajkot

Ruturaj Gaikwad to be fit for 3rd India vs England Test match in Rajkot

In the interim, Bengal's Abhimanyu Easwaran is expected to serve as the backup opener for the England series.

In a positive development for Team India, opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, who endured a ring-finger fracture during the second ODI in South Africa, is on track for a swift recovery. The 26-year-old is expected to be fit for selection starting from the third India vs England Test, scheduled to take place in Rajkot from February 15 to 19.

Ruturaj Gaikwad is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy, where sources indicated to TOI that he should be ready for action within the next week or 10 days. Following his recovery, he is set to represent Maharashtra in the Ranji Trophy, marking a comeback after the unfortunate injury setback.

The talented batter, known for his impactful performances, particularly in the T20 format, showcased his prowess with a century against Australia in November 2022. However, Ruturaj Gaikwad is yet to make his Test debut, and the upcoming India vs England series could be a crucial opportunity for him to make his mark in the longer format.

India vs England: Ruturaj Gaikwad adds depth

With Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal likely to occupy the frontline opening slots, Ruturaj Gaikwad’s return adds depth to India’s batting lineup. The team management sees his availability as a significant boost, especially considering the talent and potential he brings to the squad.

In the interim, Bengal’s Abhimanyu Easwaran is expected to serve as the backup opener for the England series. Easwaran, part of the India ‘A’ squad, has the opportunity to make a case for himself during the warm-up fixtures and multi-day games against England Lions.

While the squad for the T20I series against Afghanistan has been announced, the lineup for the Test series against England is yet to be revealed. The selectors and team management will keenly observe the fitness updates of players like Gaikwad, ensuring a well-rounded squad for the challenging Test series against England.

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