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Hardik Pandya News: Preparations to give captaincy to Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul will be out, there is a stir in Team India!

New Delhi: Senior opener KL Rahul is set to be ruled out of the fifth Test against England (ENG vs IND) in Birmingham next month due to a groin injury. Due to this injury, he is out of the T20 series against South Africa. In another development, Hardik Pandya may be given the command of the limited overs team in Ireland as Rishabh Pant, who is currently captaining the T20 side, will reach England only after the series against South Africa is over.

A BCCI official said, “Rahul has not recovered from the groin injury. Members of the Test team are gathering in Mumbai today and will leave late at night. Rahul is not with the team. He will take time to get fit and may have to take a fitness test at the end of the week. There is little hope of his recovery on time. Rahul is the highest run-scorer for India after Rohit Sharma in this Test series which was postponed last year.

Apart from Pant, the rest of the players, including skipper Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, will leave early on Thursday for the Test to be held from July 1-5. Rahul’s option is not being considered for the remaining one Test during last year’s series as Shubman Gill and Pujara are likely to open the innings.

It has also been decided that Pant will not play in the T20 against Ireland, so Hardik Pandya can be given the command. “The senior-most player is Dinesh Karthik and Bhuvneshwar Kumar is also the team but if the vice-captain was Hardik, he is more likely to be given the captaincy,” the official said. Two T20 matches will be played between India and Ireland in Dublin on 26 and 28 June. Earlier in 2018, the Indian team toured Ireland for the T20 series.

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