‘We will miss him’: Rahane says India star’s absence ‘big blow’ but backs youngsters to step up in IND vs NZ Test series


India’s deputy skipper Ajinkya Rahan revealed on Wednesday that rookie KL Rahul missed the India-New Zealand test series due to injury. Rahan acknowledged that Rahul would be sorely missed, but also remained optimistic about other players who would take his place.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the first test match at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur, Rahan said:

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“See, this is a big blow. K.L. Rahul does not participate in these two test matches, he performed very well in England. He was in good shape and played very well. Obviously, we will miss him, but we have guys who can fill this slot, guys who have helped us well in the past. Don’t worry too much about the opening slot. “

“This is a big blow. We will miss him, but not too worried ‘: Rahan supports youth to compete in the IND vs NZ test series

Besides Rahul, who was forced to sit out, other Indian stalwarts will be absent. While Virat Kohli missed the first trial and returned as captain in the second, Rohit Sharma and Rishab Pant rested.

Addressing this aspect, Rahan said it would be a good opportunity for the young man to demonstrate his character.

“First of all, we will miss these three guys (Virat Kohli, Rishab Panta and Rohit Sharma). But this is a good opportunity for all young people to play, and whoever introduces themselves will strive to play freely. This team It’s all about supporting each other. The conditions here and the conditions in South Africa will be different, first, we are thinking about this series, ”he added.

Team India and Black Caps will face off in a series of two tests. After beating Kiwis 3-0 in the recently concluded T20I series, India will host a second test at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.

New Zealand, led by Kane Williamson, has everything they can do as they strive to claim their country’s first-ever series victory on Indian soil.


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