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Hopefully he’ll be okay: Rathour on KL Rahul’s hand injury

Hopefully hell be okay Rathour on KL Rahuls hand injury
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Dhaka: India’s stand-in skipper KL Rahul on Wednesday suffered a blow to his hand while batting in the practice session on the eve of the second and final Test against Bangladesh but batting coach Vikram Rathour is optimistic that the right-handed opener will be fine to play the match starting from Thursday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

India won the first Test against Bangladesh by 188 runs at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram last week and are now aiming for a 2-0 series sweep. The visitors’ are touring Bangladesh without regular skipper Rohit Sharma, who is unavailable due to an injured left thumb.

“It doesn’t (look serious). He seems to be fine. Hopefully, he’ll be okay. The doctors are looking at it, but hopefully, he’ll be okay,” said Rathour in the pre-match press conference.

If Rahul misses the second Test match, then vice-captain and top-order batter Cheteshwar Pujara will lead the side. Rahul’s hand injury could also mean a Test debut for uncapped Bengal opener Abhimanyu Easwaran, who was added to the squad post-Rohit’s injury.

Abhimanyu made scores of 141 and 157 in his two innings for India A’ on their tour of Bangladesh A’. His 157 was crucial in India A’ side winning in Sylhet by an innings and 123 runs. He was earlier a member of India’s Test squad on their tour of England last year.

Rahul’s injury is the latest addition to India’s long list of injuries in 2022. The fast-bowling duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami along with left-arm spin all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja are among the several frontline players, including Rohit and pacer Navdeep Saini, to be ruled out of the series due to injuries.

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