In what can be termed as a massive boost for India, flamboyant opener KL Rahul has been declared fit for the fourth Test in Mumbai, commencing from December 8. Rahul got injured at Mohali, when he was hit on his forearm prior to the game in a practice session. In his absence, wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel doubled up as an opener and scored an unbeaten half- century in the second innings as India strolled past the target.
Rahul’s comeback into the playing XI will mean that Patel will move down at No. 6 and in all probability it does seem Karun Nair will be a casualty. One can feel for Nair as he was run-out for just four at Mohali owing to a communication error in the middle with skipper Virat Kohli.
Rahul, after missing the last two Tests against New Zealand and the Rajkot Test against England, played in the second Test at Vizag, but was undone by pace in both innings. His habit of poking at deliveries just outside the off stump cost him dearly. On the usual lively track of the Wankhede Stadium, Rahul will have to take care of his instincts.
While Rahul was declared fit for the game, regular wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha continues to be out due to a strain. Saha is certain to miss the fourth Test at Mumbai, and it seems unlikely that he will be around for the last game of the series at Chennai.
With the Mumbai track expected to turn from third day, it’ll be interesting to see the approach of both teams. The hosts will be eager to wrap the series up in Mumbai itself, before moving on to Chennai for the final game.