K. L. Rahul to replace Vijay in second Test

Murali Vijay, the Indian opener, has been ommitted from the Indian team for the second Test against West Indies in Kingston owing to an injury to his thumb. Karnataka batsman K. L. Rahul is set to replace him in the team.

Murali Vijay sustained an injury to the thumb during the first Test in Antigua.   -  Akhilesh Kumar (File Photo)

Indian opener Murali Vijay, who was hit on his thumb in the opening match in Antigua, has been ruled out of the second Test against the West Indies at the Sabina Park here.

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The 32-year old did not take the field in West Indies’ two innings last week after an injury on the first day of the Antigua Test. Vijay, who has scored 2637 runs from 38 Tests, batted a bit in the nets on Wednesday but skipped the optional practice session on Thursday.

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This gives a chance to Bangalore batsman K. L. Rahul, who scored half centuries in both the warm-up matches, to play his first Test at the Caribbean.