Team India will be without KL Rahul's services for the remaining of the ongoing Test series against Australia. The BCCI has confirmed and the batsman will have to head back to India. The 28-year-old sustained an injury to his wrist while batting in the nets.
KL Rahul was not a part of the playing eleven in the first two Tests against Australia. However, considering the woeful form of Mayank Agarwal at the top of the order, he could have been in contention to play in the Sydney Test. Ss per the latest update, the wicket-keeper batsman will return to India. He will head to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for his rehabilitation.
The Indian side has had to deal with several drawbacks during the ongoing Test series against Australia. However, without the services of some of the best players, Rahane & Co. have still managed to grab one win.
Ishant Sharma was the first big blow for the side to miss out on tour. Following that Mohammed Shami being forced to head home after injuring his arm during India's second Test victory in Melbourne. Umesh Yadav also has been ruled out with a calf injury.
KL Rahul's stats and record against Australia
Many hoped that KL Rahul would get the nod in the middle order after the Indian skipper Virat Kohli's departure. However, the Indian team management decided to go with all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja instead. The move was worth it as India registered a comfortable eight-wicket victory in Melbourne. The all-rounder contributed with both bat and ball.
Rahul has so far featured in nine Tests against Australia. It is by far the most that he has played against any country. The Karnataka born batsman made his debut against Australia in 2014-15. In that series, he smashed his maiden Test century in Sydney. In the nine Tests against Australia, Rahul has aggregated 580 runs at an average of 38.67. This includes six fifties and one century. After that, KL Rahul hasn't managed to fix his place in the game's purest format.
The Indian team is currently in Sydney, and the third Test is scheduled to start from January 7. The fourth and final test match is going to take place in Brisbane from January 15. The ongoing Border Gavaskar series is currently levelled at 1-1.