India Star Sent To London For Treatment, Doubtful For 5th Test Against England: Report

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Indian cricket team star batter KL Rahul has missed the last three Test matches in the ongoing series against England due to injury and according to Cricbuzz, he may end up missing the final game in Dharamsala. The report claimed that Rahul has not recovered completely from the quadriceps injury he suffered in the first Test and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has sent him to London for an expert opinion. Rahul was reportedly ’90 per cent’ cleared to play the third Test match but the team management and National Cricket Academy (NCA) decided to reassess the situation.

Rahul was named in the India squad for the final three matches of the series by with the condition that his availability will be dependent on his recovery. With India already leading 3-1 in the five-match series, the selectors may end up giving him more time to recover keeping the T20 World Cup in mind.

Meanwhile, former captain Nasser Hussain on Monday said that England should not feel ashamed of losing the Test series to India, as Rohit Sharma‘s side are the deserved winners in view of the skill-set as well as the mental toughness they possess.

England suffered their first Test series defeat of the ‘Bazball’ era after India beat them by five wickets in the fourth and penultimate Test in Ranchi to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match affair.

“India deserve credit for the way they’ve played throughout the series, they have been without some star names…Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah in this one, Mohammed Shami, KL Rahul for most of the series and Rishabh Pant,” Hussain wrote on Sky Sports.

“There’s a long list of people that India are missing and yet they’ve managed to put in performances. You have to give credit to India, not only for the skill they have, but the mental toughness to have another home series win. “Their record at home is absolutely phenomenal, so there’s no shame in England losing to this Indian side.”

(With PTI inputs)

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