Rahul re­turns to In­dia squad

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

In­dia re­ceived a boost yes­ter­day with the news that opener Lokesh Rahul has re­cov­ered from in­jury and is in con­tention to face Eng­land in this week’s sec­ond Test. “Rahul has fully re­cov­ered from his right ham­string in­jury and would be join­ing the squad to­day,” the Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI) said in an emailed state­ment.

The right-handed bats­man, 24, missed the open­ing Test in Ra­jkot-in In­dia’s western state of Gu­jarat-which fin­ished in a draw on Sun­day.

The sec­ond of what is a marathon five­match Test series starts in Visakhapatnam, in Andhra Pradesh, to­mor­row. Rahul’s timely re­turn threat­ens the spot of vet­eran opener Gautam Gamb­hir, who dis­ap­pointed in the first Test.

Gamb­hir is try­ing to re-es­tab­lish him­self in the team af­ter two years in the in­ter­na­tional wilder­ness but could only notch 29 be­fore an em­bar­rass­ing duck in the sec­ond in­nings.

In­dia held on for a tense draw with four wick­ets in hand while chas­ing 310 and will be look­ing to se­cure a first win of the series in Visakhapatnam. —AFP

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