KL Rahul cleared to play; set to replace Shikhar Dhawan as India captain for Zimbabwe tour

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Opening batter KL Rahul has recovered from Covid-19 and is set to lead Team India in the upcoming three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe. Rahul will replace Shikhar Dhawan, who was earlier named captain for the 50-overs leg.

“The BCCI Medical Team has assessed KL Rahul and cleared him to play in the upcoming three-match ODI series in Zimbabwe. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has appointed him the captain of the side and named Shikhar Dhawan as his deputy,” a BCCI statement read.

Rahul’s addition now takes India’s ODI squad strength to 16 as he will not replace any player from the initial 15-member contingent.

“Hey Guys, I wanted to clarify a couple of things about my health and fitness. My surgery in June was successful and I had begun my training with hope of returning to national duty for the tour of West Indies. Unfortunately, as I was returning to full fitness, I tested positive for Covid 19,” Rahul had tweeted after not being picked in the original squad for Zimbabwe tour.

“This naturally pushes things back by a couple of weeks but I aim to recover as quickly as possible and be available for selection as quickly as I can,” he further wrote.

“To represent the country is highest honour and I cannot wait to get out there back in blue.”

The Zimbabwe versus India ODI series will kick start on August 18 and continue till August 22.

India tour of Zimbabwe 2022 schedule

  • Aug 18 – Zimbabwe vs India, 1st ODI – Harare Sports Club, Harare
  • Aug 20 – Zimbabwe vs India, 2nd ODI – Harare Sports Club, Harare
  • Aug 22 – Zimbabwe vs India, 3rd ODI Harare Sports Club, Harare

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