Cricket match : The former India captain and vice-captain has already lost his place in the India Test XI
Rahane is set to exit the Kolkata Knight Riders bubble on Monday evening. He suffered the injury during KKR’s last game, against Sunrisers Hyderabad, on May 14 and was not seen fielding during the game at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. Sources within the Board of Control for Cricket in India said he will be reporting at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore where he may need more than four weeks of rehab. In seven games this IPL, Rahane has scored 133 runs, not exactly the number he would be pleased with.
The former India captain and vice-captain has already lost his place in the India Test XI, Hanuma Vihari and Shreyas Iyer having usurped Cheteshwar Pujara and his positions, but the latest setback could even rule him out for a place in the touring party.
The Chetan Sharma-led committee is expected to pick two teams
one for the tour of England and another for the home series against South Africa. The situation will be somewhat similar to last summer, when India had one team in England and another in Sri Lanka. There is a possibility that the squad that plays South Africa will travel to Dublin for the two-match T20I series on June 26 and 28 against Ireland while the seniors could be involved in a tour game in England.
The regular players – the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Pujara (who is in a roaring form in the county circuit for Sussex) among others — will be selected for the England tour and will be relieved of the T20I duties against South Africa, who play the matches in Delhi, Cuttack, Vizag, Rajkot and Bengaluru from June 9 to 19.
The squad will have a mix of youth, experience and standout performers of the IPL. Tilak Varma, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Prasidh Krishna and Avesh Khan could be picked along with usual suspects Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar among others. Dhawan may be back as captain.