Rahul has been out of competitive cricketing action since his inclusion in the IPL 2022 Eliminator in Kolkata on May 25. His team, the debutant Lucknow Super Giants, lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore by 14 runs at the Eden Gardens.
He was then named as the captain for India’s five-match T20I series at home against South Africa in June. But a right groin injury on the eve of the first match in New Delhi ruled him out of the series. Rahul then went to Germany to undergo a sports hernia surgery, which was also ruled out of the tour of England and ODIs against West Indies.
He was recovering at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru, but a positive COVID-19 result meant he missed selection for the T20I against West Indies and was missing in the upcoming three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe.
“It’s a different mindset for the players because they don’t want to be out and they don’t want to give opportunities to other players. I know India has a very good culture within the group, so it’s okay to allow other players.” Opportunity is not there all the time. I know as a player myself, you never wanted to give chance to someone else to take your place.”
“So along with the fact that he is injured and he is away from the team at the moment, it simply means that other players are capable of doing what Suryakumar is doing, what Rishabh Pant is doing, getting there, scoring runs. And in fact the selectors asked some questions and said, do we really need KL Rahul?”
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It is widely expected that Rahul, who played T20Is for India against New Zealand in Ranchi last year, will be fit in time for the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates and, later, Australia and South Africa. Will be fit at home ahead of the three-match T20I series against Men’s T20 World Cup begins in Australia in October-November.
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