2 players who could potentially replace KL Rahul for the World Test Championship Final if Rahul is ruled out of WTC 2023 Final

India’s preparation for the World Test Championship 2023 final has been disrupted as KL Rahul sustained an injury while fielding during a match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL 2023 tournament.


Rahul has already been ruled out of the IPL 2023 remaining matches. The player will have a scan in Mumbai and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will decide on the matter after receiving the scan results.

Rahul’s absence in the final would be a significant setback for India, as he was the team’s third-highest scorer in the previous Test series against England, with 315 runs to his credit. If he is unable to recover in time, the selectors will have a daunting task of finding a suitable replacement. In this article, we take a look at 2 potential replacements who can replace KL Rahul in the Indian Test team.


Hanuma Vihari

With captain Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill likely to open the inning, we have gone with 2 middle-order batters instead. And the first of whom is none other than experienced campaigner Hanuma Vihari. Vihari had been a strong presence in the Indian Test team whenever he played.

However, he was unfortunate dropped from the team with the emergence of more young talented players. It would now be a great opportunity to get Vihari back in the team. He has played 16 Test matches for India and has scored 839 runs with a average of 42.

Sarfaraz Khan

Another middle-order batsman Team India can call-up is Sarfaraz Khan. He has been a consistent performer for a while now and has been trying to get into the Indian Test team without success. In the Ranji Trophy 2022-23, he scored 556 runs in nine innings, averaging 92.66 with three centuries and one half-century.


Since 2019, the 25-year-old has been in a dream run in the Ranji Trophy, scoring 2466 runs at a staggering average of 123.3, including ten centuries and five fifties. Considering his exceptional domestic record, it is high time for the selectors to give Sarfaraz a chance to prove himself at the international level.

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