K L Rahul ruled out of first Test against Sri Lanka

Vastavam web: India opener K L Rahul was on Monday ruled out of the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka owing to viral fever.The BCCI, in a release, said Rahul is on his way to recovery and has been kept out of the series opener as a precautionary measure.”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,” it added. Rahul scored a fine half century in the one-off tour match in Colombo, his first competitive game in close to three months after an injury lay-off.

He is now down with fever and did not travel with the team from Colombo on Sunday.In his absence, Shikhar Dhawan and Abhinav Mukund are likely to open for India.The team’s other regular opener, Murali Vijay, too pulled out of the series at the last minute saying he had not fully recovered from a wrist injury. After making a solid 54 against Sri Lanka Board President’s XI in Moratuwa last week, Rahul had said that he was nervous about his fitness.