Senior opener K L Rahul is all set to miss the Test against England at Edgbaston next month as he is unlikely to recover from a groin injury that forced him out of the T20I series against South Africa.
"Rahul has not recovered from his groin injury. The Test squad members are assembling in Mumbai today and will fly out midnight. Rahul is not travelling with the team. He will take some more time to recover although he might appear in a fitness test during weekend. Chances of recovery aren't looking bright," a BCCI official privy to the development told PTI on the condition of anonymity.
It is understood that since there is only one Test match, which is a spill-over from the 2021 series, the selectors are still not thinking about Rahul's replacement as of now.
"You have Shubman Gill, who has opened in most of his Test matches. Else, Cheteshwar Pujara can also open the batting, in case there is any fitness issues for any of the two openers. It was a 17-member squad and 16 will be going. So that's not a problem," the BCCI source added.