KL Rahul, the senior India batter, was ruled out of the third Test against England on Monday (February 12). While it was initially expected that Rahul would be deemed fit for the Rajkot Test beginning on February 15 after he missed out on the second Test match due to a quadriceps strain, it was later learned learned that he has not been able to recover in time from the concern and hence won’t play a part in the third Test moving forward.
After Rahul was ruled out of the third Test, Karnataka batter Devdutt Padikkal was announced as his replacement. “KL Rahul, whose availability for the remaining three Tests was subject to fitness, has been ruled out of the third Test against England in Rajkot. Mr. Rahul has reached 90 per cent of match fitness and is progressing well under the supervision of the BCCI Medical Team,” an official statement from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said.
KL Rahul Sending Wrong Signals By Posting Batting Videos On Instagram Stories: BCCI Official
However, after Rahul was ruled out of the third Test match due to an injury, a BCCI official has accused the cricketer of sending wrong signals by sharing video of himself practising in the nets. The office-holder also said that Rahul shouldn’t have been in the provisional squad in the first place if the injury was so serious.
“KL Rahul hasn’t yet reported in Rajkot. Ravindra Jadeja, the local boy has linked up with the team. It was always a case of subject to fitness and BCCI medical team is still not confident that he is match fit,” a senior BCCI source told PTI on the condition of anonymity.
“If the BCCI’s medical team knew in first place that Rahul’s quad injury is as serious as it looks, why in the first place was he kept in provisional squad. And why is the player sending wrong signals by posting videos of his batting on Instagram stories,” the source added as per the same report.