Indian Cricket Board selectors have already announced the squad for the last three Tests. KL Rahul has been ruled out after being named in the squad. The medical team has not given the green light for the wicket-keeper batter to play in the 3rd Test. On Monday, it was reported that the batter would not be participating. According to Indian Express, while Rahul was not determined to be healthy, the Indian Cricket Board's medical team cleared Jadeja to play in the important third Test.
The medical team has advised the selectors that the Karnataka-born batter will be monitored for another week before deciding on his availability. This is a major setback for the team since he has been the home team's standout in all forms since returning from injury. Rahul also played an important part in the first Test, but he missed the second owing to right quadriceps soreness from the first game.
The 31-year-old will be replaced in the Test squad by another Karnataka batter, Devdutt Padikkal. Following the major news, an Indian Cricket Board executive questioned the board's medical personnel, calling Rahul's health update video, which was shared on Sunday, deceptive. Rahul provided an update on his fitness on Sunday, posting a video of himself batting in the nets as an Instagram story.
Why in the first place was he kept: Indian Cricket Board official
A senior Indian Cricket Board official raised severe concerns in an interview with news agency PTI about whether the experienced batter and the Indian Cricket Board's medical team were providing an accurate image of the injury situation. The person said, "If the Indian Cricket Board medical team knew in first place that Rahul's quad injury is as serious as it looks, why in the first place was he kept in provisional squad. And why is the player sending wrong signals by posting videos of his batting on Instagram stories."
The series is evenly poised on 1-1 with the 3rd Test set to begin on the 15th of February Thursday, in Rajkot. The side will try to take a lead in the series as they have yet to lose a series in the last 12 years at home.