Indian right-handed batsman KL Rahul will miss the opening match of the three-match Test series in Galle due to viral fever, which will begin from 26th July, Wednesday. The Board of Control for Cricket in India has announced to media that Rahul will miss the game.
However, the rest player started south of Colombo on a three-hour bus, but Rahul stays back in the capital city and stay under observation.
The BCCI release in a statement said that “The BCCI medical team confirms that opening batsman Mr. KL Rahul is presently down with viral fever. There are no major health concerns and he is making rapid progress, much to the satisfaction of the medical team.”
“As a precautionary measure, Mr. KL Rahul is advised further rest and hence will not be available for selection for the first Test match against Sri Lanka, which starts on July 26 at Galle.”
Rahul has just come from a four-month long hiatus after he injured his shoulder during the Dharamsala Test against Australia. His injury makes him outlined from the IPL and Champions Trophy.
Talking about the two-day practice game which scored a quickfire 54 off 58 balls, Rahul said it was very tough to stay away from the action and go through the rigours of rehabilitation.
Rahul said “Yes, I am [nervous]. The body is still very unsure and it keeps holding me back every time. That’s the biggest challenge coming back from injury. 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.”
“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 it your shoulder is not ready, what if you came back early. The fear is obviously there but I will fight it and I will overcome that.”