Down with viral fever, KL Rahul has been ruled out of the first test match that is to be played between India and Sri Lanka, here at Galle from July 26th. BCCI has confirmed the news in its press release.
“The BCCI medical team confirms that opening batsman Mr KL Rahul is presently down with viral fever. There are no major health concerns and he is making rapid progress, much to the satisfaction of the medical team. As a precautionary measure, Mr KL Rahul is advised further rest and hence will not be available for selection for the first test match against Sri Lanka, which starts on July 26 at Galle,” the release said.
A history of injuries
Injuries are part and parcel of a sportsperson’s life but KL Rahul has been among its worst victims. The batsman had injured his shoulder during the Border-Gavaskar trophy, played between India and Australia, and has been out of the International cricket since then. He has missed this year’s IPL season and Champions trophy as well because of the injury.
Rahul was hopeful of making a comeback against Sri Lanka after a gap of nearly four months. He also scored a fine half-century in a tour match in Colombo.
The player was concerned about his fitness before the Sri Lanka tour. In an interview to BCCI, he said, “You know that you are physically fit and you have done everything you can, worked really hard, you are feeling stronger, you are feeling fitter. But the mind always tells you what if it happens again, what if you have to go through the same grind for three months, what if your shoulder is not ready, what if you come back early?”
With KL Rahul ruled out of the first test, Shikhar Dhawan and Abhinav Mukund are the most obvious choice as the opening pair ahead of the first test match.