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India vs Sri Lanka: KL Rahul recovers from fever, trains with Indian team in Galle

KL Rahul, Indian cricket team’s regular opener, was ruled out of the first Test vs Sri Lanka national cricket team due to high fever. He had to be hospitalised and stayed back in Colombo for treatment.

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Jul 28, 2017 12:00 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Galle
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Indian cricket team opener KL Rahul played the warm-up match in Colombo, before going down with high fever that kept him out of the opening Test vs Sri Lanka national cricket team in Galle.(Getty Images)

Having started their Sri Lanka tour with a bang, there was extra cheer for the Indian cricket team with first-choice opener KL Rahul getting back to full fitness. (SL vs IND Galle Test, Day 3 live updates | Scorecard)

The opening batsman was ruled out of the first Test due to high fever. He had to be hospitalised and stayed back in Colombo for treatment while the rest of the side moved to Galle. He reached the team hotel in Galle on Thursday afternoon and was at the ground Friday morning, taking part in the team’s warm-up session.

Rahul is India’s first-choice opener and played a starring role in the series win over Australia cricket team. However, his career has been plagued by injuries and he underwent shoulder surgery after the Australia series.

He missed the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the 2017 Champions Trophy. The warm-up match ahead of the first Test in Sri Lanka was his first competitive game since the last Test against Australia in Dharamsala in March, and he looked in fine touch, scoring a polished 54.

In the first Test Abhinav Mukund and Shikhar Dhawan opened the innings. Dhawan got a 190 while Mukund got out early. And, if fit, Rahul would replace Mukund for the second Test in Colombo.

First Published: Jul 28, 2017 11:53 IST