Rahane did not even play the first class match against Select County XI. Because there was a strain and slight swelling in the muscles of his left thigh. He was also given injections to reduce the swelling and pain associated with the injury. However, now with his return to the nets, the Indian team management must have heaved a sigh of relief.
Rahane scored 49 and 15 against New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship in Southampton last month. His bat remained silent in the home Test series against England this year as well. He could score only one half-century in the four-Test series.
Suryakumar unlikely to play in first Test
Meanwhile, Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw are going to England as replacements for the injured players. Suryakumar Yadav is being sent in the middle order as a back-up for Rahane. However, it is a good sign for the Indian team that Rahane has started practice ahead of the Nottingham Test.
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Anyway, the chances of Suryakumar and Shaw reaching England before the first Test starting on August 4 are slim. Because both the batsmen are currently playing T20 series against Sri Lanka (IND vs SL T20) and the third and last match of this series will be on 29th July. In such a situation, both of them will go to England only after playing the last match. After reaching there, both will have to stay in Quarantine for 10 days under the Corona Protocol. Only then will he be able to enter the team’s bio-bubble.
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If Rahane misses out on the first Test due to a lack of full recovery from injury, then KL Rahul will be the team management’s first choice to replace him. At the same time, Mayank Agarwal is almost certain to play as Rohit Sharma’s opening partner after Shubman Gill returns to the country.
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