Indian vice-captain KL Rahul and left-arm spinner Axar Patel will not be a part of the T-20 series against West Indies, the BCCI announced on Friday. They have been replaced by and Ruturaj Gaikwad and all-rounder Deepak Hooda respectively.
Rahul missed the third and final ODI against West Indies. The BCCI confirmed that Rahul injured his left hamstring while fielding and will not be part of the three T20Is series that starts February 16 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Axar, on the other hand, was believed to be recovering well and was named in the T20 squad, but it appears that he needs more time to be declared match-fit.
“Rahul sustained an upper left hamstring strain during fielding in the 2nd ODI on 9th February 2022 while Axar has resumed the final stage of his rehabilitation after recently recovering from Covid-19. They will now head to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for further management of their injury,” the release stated.