Shikhar Dhawan, initially named captain, will now be Rahul’s deputy.
Rahul was recovering from sports hernia surgery and was supposed to play the West Indies series before testing positive for COVID-19.
As his recovery was taking time, he was not initially selected for the Zimbabwe tour and was given time to get fit before the all-important Asian Cup.
NEWS – KL Rahul cleared to play; set to lead Team India in Zimbabwe. Full details here – https://t.co/GVOcksqKHS… https://t.co/prb4c0zoZN
— BCCI (@BCCI) 1660230993000
However, the medical team have now given the go-ahead after clearing all the required fitness metrics to be available for selection.
Since he is a first-choice assistant for all formats to regular skipper Rohit Sharma, his availability meant Dhawan was relegated to vice-captain for the series.
The addition of Rahul took the squad to 16 as the selectors didn’t replace any players. But Rahul’s presence means there is hardly any chance for Ruturaj Gaikwad to get a match in this series.
There will be no Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Rishabh pantsShreyas Iyer, Jasprit Bumrah or Mohammed Shami for this series as they have all been rested.
Bumrah, however, is nursing a back injury and has already been ruled out of the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates, starting August 27.
From this team, Rahul, Deepak Hooda are the only two players in the main team.
Indian squad for 3 ODIs: KL Rahul (Captain) Shikhar Dhawan (Vice-Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (Wicket Keeper), Sanju Samson (Wicket Keeper), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Deepak Chahar.