Team India opener Lokesh Rahul has been ruled out of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka scheduled to start in Galle in a day’s time. He was expected to be back in the national colours for the opening Test after a long injury lay off which saw him missing the whole IPL and the Champions Trophy which followed.
Rahul missed the team training session on Monday and stayed back at Colombo for observation. The rest of the squad has already left for Galle for the opening Test starting from 26th July. The medical team of BCCI has advised Rahul further rest as a precautionary measure. Rahul looked good in the series against Australia despite being in pain on quite a few occasions.
The stylish batsman ended as the 3rd highest run getter which helped India clinch the nail-biting series by a 2-1 margin. Rahul scored a half-century in his tour match in Moratuwa but conceded that he was nervous making his comeback after such a long injury lay-off.
“You know that you are physically fit and you have done everything that you can, worked really hard, you are feeling stronger, you are feeling fitter,” Rahul told the bcci.tv. “But the mind always tells you what if it happens again, what if you have to go through the same grind for three months, what if your shoulder is not ready, what if you [have] come back early?”
Rahul has been a top performer for the national team in the recent past and has been the preferred as an opener in all three formats of the game but the injury to him has allowed Shikhar Dhawan to make a successful comeback in the Champions Trophy and now it won’t be easy for the right-hander to force his way into the team directly.
He is among the very few cricketers who have scored centuries in all three formats of the game. He looks stylish in the middle and has the ability to play the big shots on a consistent basis.