India batter KL Rahul will be making his comeback to the Indian team as he prepares to lead the Men in Blue in the three ODI series against Zimbabwe which begins in Harare on August 18 onwards. All three ODIs will be played at the Harare Sports Club with the second and third matches to be played on August 20 and 22 respectively.
The Men in Blue have already begun training in Harare and KL Rahul was a last-minute addition to the squad as the selectors wanted him to get some match practice before the upcoming Asia Cup 2022 tournament which begins in UAE on August 27.
KL Rahul has missed two months of cricket after being diagnosed with a sports hernia on the eve of the home South Africa T20I series in June. He underwent surgery for the same and went to NCA for rehab. This had ruled him out of the England tour and later the West Indies tour ODIs as well.
Such Environment Helps A Player Transform From Being A Good To A Great: KL Rahul
He was set to come back into the Indian team for the T20I series against the Men in Maroon, but contracted Covid-19 and had to miss that as well. He was a last-minute addition to the Zimbabwe squad as well since he had suffered a hamstring injury during his rehab and barely passed his fitness test.
Meanwhile, ahead of the first ODI against Zimbabwe, KL Rahul said that he couldn’t thank the team management enough for remembering his contribution in the last two years while he was out for the last two months.
“You might be out for two months but they haven’t forgotten what you have done for the team and the country in last two-three years. Players actually thrive in such environment. It is this kind of environment that can help a player transform from being a good player to a great player, playing a lot more match-winning innings for his team,” Rahul was quoted by PTI.
“It is very important for a player to get the backing of selectors, coach and captain. It gives you so much confidence that your mindset is clear and you can focus on the things that are necessary. It becomes easy for player that your support group is backing you,” the stylish right-hander added.
KL Rahul will return to the Harare Sports Club where he made his ODI and T20I debut in 2016, the last time India traveled to the African nation.