BCCI Contemplates Releasing Rajat Patidar from India Squad Ahead of 5th Test Against England

The BCCI selection committee and the Indian team management are facing a dilemma regarding a few players ahead of the fifth and final Test against England, set to begin on March 7 in Dharamsala. The fitness of KL Rahul, who has been struggling with a right quadriceps injury, has become a major concern for the team. Rahul, who was considered “90% fit” before the third Test, has flown to London to consult a specialist after experiencing continued discomfort.

Rajat Patidar, who has been in the squad as a backup, might be released to play the Ranji Trophy semi-final for Madhya Pradesh against Vidarbha on March 2. Patidar has not been able to make an impact in the series so far, with his highest score being 32 in six innings, including two ducks. The selectors are reportedly concerned about his inability to capitalize on the opportunities, especially given his favorable batting position at No. 4.

However, the decision regarding Patidar’s release depends on Rahul’s fitness. If Rahul is deemed fit to play, the team management sees no reason to retain Patidar in the squad. “Ideally, the team management would want to see Patidar go back to play the Ranji semifinal and find some form. But that depends on Rahul’s availability. If Rahul is unavailable then he may be asked to stay back with the team,” a source said.

Rahul’s injury, though not deemed serious by the NCA medical team, has persisted, leading to his trip to London for further assessment. Despite multiple scans showing no significant issues, Rahul’s discomfort has prompted the medical team to seek a closer examination by the specialist who previously treated him.

The selectors are expected to make a final decision by March 2, when the players regroup in Chandigarh before flying to Dharamsala. The availability of Devdutt Padikkal, who might make his debut in the last Test, also adds to the complexity of the decision, as an extra batter might be needed in the squad as a concussion substitute.

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The BCCI selection committee and the Indian team management are facing a dilemma regarding a few players ahead of the fifth and final Test against England, set to begin on March 7 in Dharamsala. The fitness of KL Rahul, who has been struggling with a right quadriceps injury, has become a major concern for the team. Rahul, who was considered "90% fit" before the third Test, has flown to London to consult a specialist after experiencing continued discomfort.

Rajat Patidar, who has been in the squad as a backup, might be released to play the Ranji Trophy semi-final for Madhya Pradesh against Vidarbha on March 2. Patidar has not been able to make an impact in the series so far, with his highest score being 32 in six innings, including two ducks. The selectors are reportedly concerned about his inability to capitalize on the opportunities, especially given his favorable batting position at No. 4.

However, the decision regarding Patidar's release depends on Rahul's fitness. If Rahul is deemed fit to play, the team management sees no reason to retain Patidar in the squad. "Ideally, the team management would want to see Patidar go back to play the Ranji semifinal and find some form. But that depends on Rahul’s availability. If Rahul is unavailable then he may be asked to stay back with the team," a source said.

Rahul's injury, though not deemed serious by the NCA medical team, has persisted, leading to his trip to London for further assessment. Despite multiple scans showing no significant issues, Rahul's discomfort has prompted the medical team to seek a closer examination by the specialist who previously treated him.

The selectors are expected to make a final decision by March 2, when the players regroup in Chandigarh before flying to Dharamsala. The availability of Devdutt Padikkal, who might make his debut in the last Test, also adds to the complexity of the decision, as an extra batter might be needed in the squad as a concussion substitute.

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