KL Rahul cleared to play; set to lead Team India in Zimbabwe

Indian star opener KL Rahul is all set to lead Team India in the 3-match ODI series against Zimbabwe.

The BCCI has appointed KL Rahul as the captain of the side and named Shikhar Dhawan as his deputy.

KL Rahul has been out of the Indian side due to injury and was supposed to play the West Indies series, but missed it due to testing positive for COVID-19.

Since his fitness issue was not cleared, he was not named initially named to the Zimbabwe squad.

Shikhar Dhawan was named as captain for the Zimbabwe tour, as the plan was to see a fully fit KL Rahul play for Asia Cup.

However, with the fitness issues being cleared, KL Rahul will be leading the side for the Zimbabwe tour.

Since he is the Vice-Captain of the limited overs format for Team India, Rohit Sharma’s unavailability means Rahul will get a chance to lead the side.

Shikhar has been relegated to vice-captain for the series.

The side remains unchanged, with only KL Rahul strengthening the squad to 16.

There will be some key players missing, with Jasprit Bumrah, Shami, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, and Shreyas Iyer as they all have been rested.

For Ruturaj Gaikwad it will be tough to break into the side with KL Rahul coming in

Jasprit Bumrah is out of the Asia Cup 2022 tournament as well due to a back injury he is suffering from.

Check out the full squad of Team India and Zimbabwe for the upcoming series

India Squad for Zimbabwe ODIs: Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Deepak Chahar.

Zimbabwe squad for ODIs: Ryan Burl, Regis Chakabva (captain), Tanaka Chivanga, Bradley Evans, Luke Jongwe, Innocent Kaia, Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Clive Madande, Wessely Madhevere, Tadiwanashe Marumani, John Masara, Tony Munyonga, Richard Ngarava, Victor Nyauchi, Sikandar Raza, Milton Shumba, Donald Tiripano.

Team India Squad For Asia Cup 2022 Announced

Team India will begin their campaign in a high-octane clash against arch-rivals Pakistan on August 28th. Team India will look to avenge their last defeat to Pakistan in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021

The mega event will feature five teams- India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan.

The tournament will be an important one as teams will look to prepare themselves before the T20 World Cup begins in Australia this October.

Team India has won the most titles (7) in the tournament history which was last played in the ODI format.

Team India last won the Asia Cup title in 2018 by beating Bangladesh in Dubai in a thriller

The super four stages of the tournament will start on September 3rd and the final will be played on September 11th in Dubai.

The matches will commence at 6 pm local time and 7.30 pm In India, with the majority of games in Dubai and three in Sharjah.

India Squad Asia Cup: Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Pandya, Jadeja, R Ashwin, Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, B Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan

Backups: Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Axar Patel

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