KL Rahul, Axar ruled out of T20I series against WI

K L Rahul and Axar Patel have been ruled out of upcoming T20I series against West Indies, with Ruturaj Gaikwad and Deepak Hooda being named as replacements for the duo. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) made the announcement in a press release on Friday evening.

Vice-captain KL Rahul and all-rounder Axar Patel have been ruled out of the upcoming three-match T20I series against the West Indies to be played in Kolkata from 16 February, 2022, the BCCI stated in the press release. Rahul sustained an upper left hamstring strain during fielding in the 2nd ODI on 9 February while Axar has resumed the final stage of his rehabilitation after recently recovering from Covid-19. They will now head to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for further management of their injury, it added. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Ruturaj Gaikwad and Deepak Hooda as replacements.