Team India got a shock on Monday when the injured KL Rahul Failed to regain fitness in time and was ruled out of the third Test against England. BCCI confirmed this and is making a splash in Ranji Trophy. Devdutt Padikkal Has been given place in the team in his place. The path was not easy for Padikkal, but on the basis of his strong performance in the home series, he has entered the Test team. Now it will be interesting to see whether he gets a place in the playing eleven or not. Sarfaraz Khan is also a strong contender to replace Rahul.
Padikkal played an inning of 151 runs
Karnataka left-hander Devdutt Padikkal scored 151 runs in 218 balls in the Elite Group C Ranji Trophy match against Tamil Nadu in Chennai in front of selection committee chairman Ajit Agarkar. The former India fast bowler was present in the stands and was taking note of Padikkal’s exploits against an attack comprising Sandeep Warrier, Sai Kishore and Vijay Shankar. Then this feat of Padikkal came in handy for him.
Padikkal got luck
On February 9, Padikkal hit 12 fours and 6 sixes in his innings. With its help, Karnataka managed to take lead in the innings by scoring 366 runs and got an advantage of three points. Padikkal did not know at that time that his innings would bear fruits and he would immediately get a place in the Indian Test team. Luck also left KL Rahul and was with Padikkal.
KL Rahul can return in the fourth test
Rahul was not declared 100 percent fit for the third Test against England starting on Thursday in Rajkot. Rahul could not play the second Test in Visakhapatnam due to quadriceps injury. He will need a few more days to regain full fitness. He is likely to play in the fourth and fifth Test in Ranchi and Dharamshala. Padikkal has come into the team as his backup.
Padikkal is showing excellent form in Ranji
Padikkal is in tremendous form this Ranji Trophy season. This left-handed batsman has scored three centuries in four matches. He has scored 556 runs at an excellent average of 92.66. Meanwhile, playing for India A, he recorded scores of 105, 65 and 21 in three innings of the two Test matches against England Lions. But his innings of 151 runs against Agarkar in Ranji did the job.