Fit-again Rahul named skipper for Zimbabwe ODI tour

Mumbai, Aug 12:

The Board of Control for Cricket in India selection panel named K.L. Rahul as the captain for the ODIs against Zimbabwe after the medical team cleared him to play in the series starting on August 18.

Rahul has received the green signal from the BCCI medicalteam for the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe next week. Theopener has been out of action for a while with a sports hernia, withCovid-19 extending his stint on the sidelines.

Shikhar Dhawan wasinitially named as the captain for this tour, but with Rahul beinggiven the go-ahead, Dhawan will take up the vice-captain duties.

Dhawan had led the Indian side to a 3-0 drubbing of West Indies last month andwas subsequently named as the captain for the Zimbabwe tour with senior players Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya rested.

Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav andDeepak Chahar were the others who returned to the ODI squad afterrecovering from injuries. Rahul Tripathi was the other new face named inthe squad.

Rahul last played for India in February against theWest Indies after leading the team in South Africa in the second Testmatch and then the entire ODI leg.

The tour will commence on August 18 with Harare set to host all three ODIs.

India ODI squad: K.L. Rahul (c), Shikhar Dhawan (vc), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, RahulTripathi, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Washington Sundar,Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Deepak Chahar.

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