IND vs NZ Test: Big blow for Team India, KL Rahul ruled out of Test series with injury, Suryakumar named replacement

IND vs NZ Test: Big blow for Ajinkya Rahane's Team India, KL Rahul ruled out with thigh injury, Suryakumar Yadav named replacement
IND vs NZ Test: Big blow for Ajinkya Rahane's Team India, KL Rahul ruled out with thigh injury, Suryakumar Yadav named replacement

IND vs NZ Test: KL Rahul ruled out – In what comes as a big blow for Team India, in-form opener KL Rahul has been ruled out of the entire Test series with a thigh strain injury. The 1st Test starts on November 25 at the Green Park in Kanpur. Suryakumar Yadav has been named replacement. Follow India vs New Zealand Test series Live Updates on InsideSport.IN. 

With no Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli available for the 1st Test, Ajinkya Rahane & Co will be forced to field Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal as the openers. KL Rahul will undergo rehabilitation at the NCA to prepare for the South Africa tour.

“Team India batsman Mr. KL Rahul has sustained a muscle strain on his left thigh and has been ruled out of the upcoming 2-match Paytm Test series against New Zealand. He will now undergo rehabilitation at NCA in preparation for the series against South Africa scheduled next month,” BCCI said in a statement.

IND vs NZ Test: Big blow for Team India, KL Rahul ruled out of Test series with injury, Suryakumar named replacement

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“The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Mr. Suryakumar Yadav as KL Rahul’s replacement,” BCCI added.

IND vs NZ Test: Big blow for Team India, KL Rahul ruled out of Test series with injury, Suryakumar named replacement

KL Rahul brings out a picture-perfect cover drive, England vs India, 2nd Test, Lord's, 1st day, August 12, 2021

@16:00: Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill are all set to open. That also means either Suryakumar Yadav and Shreyas Iyer will make his Test debut.

@15:50: On Monday, Suryakumar Yadav was added to the Test squad. While the BCCI didn’t officially confirm the news on Monday, the Indian board has now confirmed that he has been named as replacement for injured KL Rahul.

@15:45: KL Rahul was rested for the 3rd T20 against New Zealand to keep him fresh for the Test series.

India’s Test squad: Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara (vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Md. Siraj, Prasidh Krishna