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India vs New Zealand: K.L. Rahul ruled out of Test series, Suryakumar called up

Suryakumar Yadav could make his debut as Shubhman Gill will be moved up the order

Britain Cricket England India [File] K.L. Rahul in action during a Test between England and India | AP

Senior India opener K.L. Rahul was on Tuesday ruled out of the Test series against New Zealand, starting Thursday, due to a muscle injury.

Suryakumar Yadav, who was a part of India's Test squad that travelled to England, has been added to the side.

"Team India batsman KL Rahul has sustained a muscle strain on his left thigh and has been ruled out of the upcoming 2-match Paytm Test series against New Zealand," BCCI said in a release.

"He will now undergo rehabilitation at NCA in preparation for the series against South Africa scheduled next month," the release added.

Rahul was missing from the Indian team's customary practice session, attended by almost all the players at the Green Park stadium on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old Rahul has featured in 40 Tests, scoring 2,321 runs at an average of 35.16. His highest score was 199 that came against England in Chennai in 2016.

Shubman Gill was seen opening the batting along with Mayank Agarwal during the team's net session as Cheteshwar Pujara, the vice-captain for the series opener, also batted.

It is understood that one among Shreyas Iyer or Suryakumar Yadav will make his Test debut and bat in the middle order. 

Gill was expected to bat in the middle order but now in the absence of Rahul, the youngster will be asked to play in his usual opening slot.

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