India’s KL Rahul has been ruled out of the third Test against England but is expected to be fit for the final two matches.
The Test begins on Thursday in Rajkot with the five-match series level at 1-1 after India bounced back from their opening loss.
Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja missed the second Test due to injuries but were named in the squad for the rest of the three matches subject to fitness.
Rahul has reached “90% of match fitness and is progressing well”, the BCCI said. “He will continue his recovery process at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru to be completely match-fit for the fourth and fifth Test.”
Uncapped batsman Devdutt Padikkal has been added to the squad as Rahul’s replacement.
Star batsman Virat Kohli will miss the entire series after he opted out of the first two matches due to “personal reasons”.
India Test squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Jasprit Bumrah (vice-capt), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, Rajat Patidar, Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel (wk), KS Bharat (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja (subject to fitness), Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep, Devdutt Padikkal.
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