India vs England, 2016: KL Rahul added to India squad for second Test

KL Rahul has been included in the squad for the second Test against England. The Test begins on November 17 in Visakhapatnam.

By: Express Web Desk | Published:November 15, 2016 3:10 pm
KL Rahul, KL Rahul injury, KL Rahul India squad, Gautam Gambhir, Gambhir, India opener, India vs England, Ind vs Eng, India England Test, India England Test series, Ind Eng Test squad, India Test squad, cricket, cricket news, sports, sports news KL Rahul had suffered a hamstring injury to miss six weeks of action. (Express photo)

KL Rahul has come back into the India squad for the on-going five match Test series against England with the opening batsman included in the second Test to commence from November 17 in Visakhapatnam. Both teams have already reached the largest city in Andhra Pradesh after the first Test had ended in a nervous draw for India.

Rahul returns to the mix after missing the last six weeks, during which the national team played three Test matches, due to injury. He returned to the middle in the Ranji Trophy contest for Karnataka against Rajasthan and scored 76 from 85 balls in the first innings followed by an unbeaten 32 in the second innings. His stay in the middle was watched by chairman of selectors MSK Prasad and selector Sarandeep Singh. With a perfect return to action, KL Rahul made the noise at the right mark. To aid his recovery process, Rahul had the BCCI physio look at his movement and rehabilitation process.

The inclusion leaves two options for the Indian selectors and Virat Kohli going into the Visakhapatnam Test. It could either mean axing of Gautam Gambhir who had a disappointing stay at the crease in Rajkot. But with the initial squad announced for two Test matches, dropping the axe on the Delhi player would be a harsh decision and somewhat hasty.

The other option would be to play six batsmen after the second innings collapse in the Rajkot Test which nearly brought about an England win until Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja calmed things down in the final session.