New Zealand Tour of India 2021 : Test Series

Opener KL Rahul has been ruled out of the upcoming Test series against New Zealand due to an injury, the BCCI confirmed on Tuesday (November 23).

New Zealand Tour of India 2021 : Test Series

India have made a late addition to their Test squad as a result by picking Suryakumar Yadav just two days ahead of the first Test in Kanpur.

New Zealand Tour of India 2021 : Test Series

Rahul regained his spot in the Test side recently in England where he formed a formidable partnership at the top of the order alongside Rohit Sharma.

New Zealand Tour of India 2021 : Test Series

Even though the workload of several senior players were managed during the ongoing home series against New Zealand ahead of the South Africa tour,

New Zealand Tour of India 2021 : Test Series

Rahul continued to be present in all squads. He wasn't in the playing XI on Sunday for the final T20I against New Zealand.

New Zealand Tour of India 2021 : Test Series

The 29-year-old has sustained a muscle strain on his left thigh and will now undergo rehabilitation at NCA in order to prepare for the long tour of South Africa that begins next month.

New Zealand Tour of India 2021 : Test Series

Suryakumar, who has been picked as his replacement for the New Zealand Tests, hasn't featured in the red-ball format for India despite making his debut in the other two formats earlier this year. He was a part of the Test squad in England as well earlier this year.

New Zealand Tour of India 2021 : Test Series

India will already be without Rohit and Virat Kohli for the opening Test with Ajinkya Rahane leading the side.

New Zealand Tour of India 2021 : Test Series

Kohli will return to lead the side in the second Test in Mumbai that begins on December 3.