It is understood that Rahul is yet to recover despite successful sports hernia surgery for a lower abdomen injury. His hamstring also remains sore.
India will play 3 ODIs in Zimbabwe on August 18, 20 and 22.
“I wanted to clear up a few things about my health and fitness. My surgery in June was a success and I had started training in hopes of resuming national service for the West Indies tour. Unfortunately, as I returned in great shape, I tested positive for Covid 19”, he tweeted.
— KL Rahul (@klrahul) 1659199807000
He expressed hope to return for the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
“It naturally pushes things back a few weeks, but my goal is to recover as quickly as possible and be available for selection as quickly as possible,” he wrote.
“Representing the country is the greatest honor and I can’t wait to come back in blue.”
Sundar and Chahar return
Off-spinner Washington Sundar, who made a great start to his English county career with Lancashire is back in the squad with dressmaker Deepak Chahar after successfully completing rehabilitation from hamstring and chest injuries. back.
Chahar has not played competitive cricket for five months now and also missed the 2022 IPL season.
“KL Rahul has recovered from COVID-19 but his hamstring injury seems to have resurfaced. He was supposed to be chosen for Zimbabwe but now a date cannot be set for his return,” a source told PTI. BCCI senior source aware of the development. Saturday.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli, skipper Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya have all been rested from the tour as ODIs are not the top priority for the team with less than three months to go. World T20.
“Virat had spoken to the coaches that he would be available from the Asian Cup. The first-team players will hardly rest from the Asian Cup until the end of the World T20. So it’s about of a two-week window after the Windies’ tour when they can rest,” the source said.
Washington’s comeback was on expected lines as he had a difficult final year due to a hand injury and contracting COVID-19.
He had a successful rehabilitation at the NCA and in the three games he played for Lancashire he picked up five wickets already.
“In Washington’s case, it was never a question of how but when would he come back because he was India’s No. 1. He needed playing time, which he got” , added the source.
As usual, Shikhar Dhawan will lead the team in the absence of Rohit, Rahul and Pant.
Most of the players who had been part of the setup were chosen with rookie Rahul Tripathi, having made the Irish T20I squad, earning a first call-up from the ODI side.
Indian team for 3 ODIs: Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wicket keeper), Sanju Samson (wicket keeper), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Deepak Chahar.