Indian opener Rahul out of first Sri Lanka Test with fever
25 Jul 2017 - 0:00
Galle: India have ruled opening batsman Lokesh Rahul out of the first Test against Sri Lanka starting tomorrow due to viral fever. Rahul, who scored a half-century in a two-day warm-up match last week, stayed in Colombo as the rest of the squad practised in Galle.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India said yesterday that Rahul has “no major health concerns” but will miss the first Test as a “precautionary measure”.
Rahul, who missed the Champions Trophy last month and a short tour of the West Indies with a shoulder injury, played a vital role in India’s Test series win over Australia in March despite getting injured during the first match.
The 25-year-old averages over 44 in 17 Tests since making his debut for India against Australia at Melbourne in 2014. He has scored four hundreds and seven half-centuries.