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K. L. Rahul is announced as India’s captain for the Zimbabwe series

Shikhar Dhawan will be Rahul’s deputy

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has announced that K. L. Rahul will replace the senior Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan as the captain of the team for the Zimbabwe ODI series. Dhawan will be his deputy. BCCI has announced that K. L. Rahul is completely fit for the game now and he has been added to India’s squad for the upcoming three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe.

Earlier when K. L. Rahul was not on the list of the squad, the Zimbabwe series was named under the experienced Shikhar Dhawan. The regular skipper Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, and Ravindra Jadeja were rested for the series. Now when the star batsman K. L. Rahul is returning after his groin surgery, he will lead the side more powerfully.

K. L. Rahul is announced as India’s captain for the Zimbabwe series
KL Rahul while practicing | Fantasy Cricket League

BCCI has announced that Rahul is completely recovered from his groin injury. The right-handed batsman was out of cricket since the conclusion of the 2022 IPL season. He missed the Ireland series and the England series while he was on treatment. He was scheduled to return for the recently concluded 5-match T20I series against West Indies, but couldn’t make it after having tested positive for Covid-19.  

Rahul is also announced as the vice-captain for the T20 squad for the upcoming Asia Cup 2022. The ODI series will be a crucial one for Rahul to prove himself on the field before the Asia Cup 2022.

India Squad for the Zimbabwe tour

KL Rahul (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan (Vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Deepak Chahar.

India tour of Zimbabwe 2022

India tour of Zimbabwe 2022 has been scheduled for 3 ODI matches. The 1st ODI match will begin on August 18. The 2nd and 3rd ODI will take place on August 20 and 22 respectively and all the matches are set up at Harare Sports Club in Harare at 8.45 pm.

India recently played an ODI series and T20I series against West indies. In the three-match ODI series, India sealed the series by winning all three games. In the five-match T20I series, India owned the series by winning 4 matches.

Zimbabwe has recently played a T20I and ODI series against Bangladesh. In the T20I series, Zimbabwe won the first and third T20I but lost the second one by 7 wickets. In the 3-match ODI series, Zimbabwe won the first two matches by 5 wickets but lost the final match by 105 runs.

When it comes to head-to-head encounters, India and Zimbabwe have played 63 ODIs together. Out of these, India has won 51 ODIs while Zimbabwe has won only 10. While checking the 23 matches played in Zimbabwe, India has won 19 games out of it.

While Rahul Dravid fly with team India for the Asia Cup 2022, VVS Laxman will be coaching Team India in the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe. He has worked with the national team earlier, and this will be his second stint. Laxman is the head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and might continue being the coach in absence of Dravid. K. L. Rahul, Deepak Hooda, and Avesh Khan will fly to UAE after the Zimbabwe series to participate in the Asia Cup 2022.

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