Rahul set for Test return

Following a stupendous match-winning performance in the second ODI against Australia on Friday to help India level the series 1-1, KL Rahul is likely to be ahead in race to get his place back in the red-ball team as well.

Rahul Test return
India’s KL Rahul gestures during day one of the first Test cricket match against West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards cricket ground in North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

Though Rahul has been India’s one of the most consistent players in T20Is and ODIs, he lost his place in the Test squad following the last tour of Australia.

India skipper Virat Kohli recently said that it is difficult to leave a player like Rahul from any squad, which means he will have a better chance than either Prithvi Shaw or Shuvman Gill to earn a place in the upcoming New Zealand Test series.

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Navdeep Saini is also likely to be added to the Test sqyad as an extra pacer rather than Kuldeep Yadav as the third spinner. The fast-rising pacer’s cause of having a better chance is the fact that even only one among Ravindra Jadeja or Ravichandran Ashwin will be able to make the final playing XI.

Meanwhile, Indian team management is eagerly waiting for the all-rounder Hardik Pandya to become “bowling fit” for white-ball matches post back surgery. He will be an automatic choice for ODIs if fit, but still uncertainty looms large on his Test return.

India’s tour of New Zealand will begin from January 24, as they are scheduled to play 3 Tests, 3 ODIs and 5 T20Is till March 4. The first T20I will be held in Eden Park, Auckland next Friday. The T20I series will be followed by the ODIs, with the Test series appearing last.

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