KL Rahul suffers blow to hand

K L Rahul
K L Rahul. File photo: AFP/Trevor Collens

Dhaka: India's stand-in skipper KL Rahul suffered a blow to his hand during practice but the tourists are optimistic the opener will play the second and final Test against Bangladesh beginning on Thursday.

India, who won the opening Test in Chittagong by 188 runs and are pushing for a 2-0 sweep, missed the service of regular skipper Rohit Sharma who missed the series with an injured thumb.

"It doesn't (look serious)," India batting coach Vikram Rathour told reporters on Wednesday.

"He seems to be fine. Hopefully he'll be okay. The doctors are looking at it, but hopefully he'll be okay."

Should Rahul miss the match in Mirpur, vice-captain Cheteshwar Pujara is likely to lead the side.

Rahul's injury could mean a Test debut for opener Abhimanyu Easwaran who was added to the squad following Rohit's injury.

India's pace duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja are among the several frontline players skipping the series with injuries.

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