KL Rahul to play for Board President XI vs New Zealand in warm-up games – Rahul has been dropped for the three-match ODI series against New Zealand.
KL Rahul, who has been dropped for the three-match ODI series against New Zealand, was drafted as an additional member in the Board President’s XI side which will take on the visitors in two warm-up games. It will be an opportunity for Rahul to get back into the limited overs side as he has not been in great form and also did not get too many opportunities.
In addition to the Karnataka batsman, leg-spinner Karn Sharma, who has been in great form for India A against the Black caps A side, was called as a replacement for injured Rajasthan youngster Rahul Chahar.
The team will be lead by Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer.
The Kiwis led by Kane Williamson had a few practice sessions at the Cricket Club of India, the venue of the warm-up game. Williamson, Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill would like to get some runs under their belt before going into the series. Board President’s XI, on the other hand, is a relatively young side captained by Mumbai batsman Shreyas Iyer, who has been in good form for the India A team. Youngsters including Iyer, Karun Nair, keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, teen sensation Prithvi Shaw will be keen to make a mark and impress the national selectors.
Board President’s XI team: Shreyas Iyer (Captain), KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant (wk), Karun Nair, Gurkeerat Mann, Prithvi Shaw, Shivam Chaudhary, Milind Kumar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Karn Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Avesh Khan.