India vs New Zealand: KL Rahul ruled out of Test series, Suryakumar Yadav replaces him

India vs New Zealand: KL Rahul ruled out of Test series, Suryakumar Yadav replaces him

KL Rahul's absence will be a big loss for the hosts going into the two-match Test series.

KL Rahul of India
KL Rahul of India. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Team India opening batter KL Rahul has sustained a muscle strain on his left thigh and has been ruled out of the upcoming two-match Test series against New Zealand. He will now undergo rehabilitation at National Cricket Academy (NCA) in preparation for the series against South Africa scheduled next month.

The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Suryakumar Yadav as KL Rahul’s replacement. The first Test between India and New Zealand begins on 25th November 2021 in Kanpur. The second Test will be played at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai from December 3. KL Rahul’s absence will be a big loss for the hosts going into the two-match Test series.

India’s updated Test squad: Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara (vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Md. Siraj, Prasidh Krishna

New Zealand’s Test squad: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell (wk), Devon Conway, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Will Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Will Young, Neil Wagner

NEW ZEALAND’s TEST TOUR OF INDIA – 2021-22
Day Date Match Venue
Thursday 25th Nov 2021 1st Test Kanpur
Friday 3rd Dec 2021 2nd Test Mumbai

India A taking on South Africa A in South Africa

On the other hand, India A players are taking part in a three-match unofficial Test series in South Africa. The series has started on November 23, Tuesday and Priyank Panchal has been handed captaincy duties for India A side. Hanuma Vihari, who was axed from India’s Test squad, has been named in India A squad.

Wicketkeeper-batter KS Bharat, pace sensation Umran Malik, Ishan Porel have also been named in the squad. It will be interesting to watch performances from uncapped cricketers and how they fare under pressure. Recently, selectors have also added Deepak Chahar and Ishan Kishan to the squad.

India ‘A’ squad for South Africa tour: Priyank Panchal (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Devdutt Padikkal, Sarfaraz Khan, Baba Aparajith, Upendra Yadav (wk), Hanuma Vihari, Deepak Chahar, Ishan Kishan, K Gowtham, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Umran Malik, Ishan Porel, Arzan Nagwaswalla