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We are keeping a close watch on KL Rahul, says Ravi Shastri

Second choice opener Abhinav Mukund has kept himself in the hunt with a gritty 81 in the second innings of the first Test in Galle.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: August 01, 2017 16:54 IST ]
Image Source : GETTY IMAGES Lokesh Rahul plays a shot during the practice match against SL President's XI

India opener KL Rahul was back in the nets after missing out the first Test due to viral fever but chief coach Ravi Shastri kept cards close to his chest about the stylish right-hander's participation in the second Test. The second match of the three Test series between India and Sri Lanka will be played at Colombo, it starts on 3rd August.   

"Rahul is (doing) good. We are watching him closely. He went through some tough times and he was in the hospital for 2-3 days. Obviously, it has taken a lot out of him. 

"So we have to be very careful how we treat him, we are watching him very closely and he is getting better by the day," Shastri said during media interaction ahead of the second Test beginning Thursday. 

Like skipper Virat Kohli, Shastri also spoke in the same vein about having a good bench strength, now that Rahul is getting fit and Abhinav Mukund keeping himself in the hunt with an 81 in the second innings of the first Test. 

"When I have good bench strength, it is very good. When there is competition for places even better because that's healthy competition and a good headache to have. Where you know if someone is injured someone else is ready and that is across all formats. 


"It is very good but ideally you want your core team to be fit and on the park as often as possible," said Shastri.

(With PTI Inputs)

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