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India vs Australia: KL Rahul ruled out of the series due to injury

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KL Rahul was ruled out of the ongoing 2020-21 Border Gavaskar Trophy after he suffered an injury on Saturday in Melbourne.

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KL Rahul was ruled out of the ongoing 2020-21 Border Gavaskar Trophy after he suffered an injury on Saturday in Melbourne.

India's wicketkeeper-batsman Rahul sprained his left wrist while batting in the nets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) during Team India's practice session on Saturday and he will not be available for the remaining two Tests as he will need about three weeks' time to recover completely and regain full strength, a statement from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) read.

The statement also stated that the 28-year-old Karnataka batsman is set to return to India and head to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for further rehabilitation of his injury.

Rahul was added to India's long list of players, who are currently unavailable for various reasons. India's experienced fast bowler Ishant Sharma did not accompany the Indian team because he was not 100% fit after suffering an injury during the Indian Premier League (IPL) last year. Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav suffered injuries while on the Down Under and were sidelined, while skipper Virat Kohli went back after the first Test in Adelaide to be with his wife for the birth of their first child.

The Indian cricket team has reached Sydney, where the third Test is scheduled to take place, starting from Jan. 7. As of now, the Test series is levelled at 1-1, with two more Tests to go. The final game will be played at the Gabba, Brisbane.

After playing in the limited-overs leg, where he scored a total of 174 runs in six matches, Rahul had not featured in the opening two Tests. However, Rahul was expected to receive a chance in the third Test, given struggling Mayank Agarwal's poor run.

On the other hand, Rohit Sharma, who missed the first two Tests, could find a place in India's playing XI for the New Year's Test, having joined the team in Melbourne after quarantine and has also been named the deputy to stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane. Before Rohit's arrival, Rahul was named India's vice-captain for India's Down Under tour.

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