India captain Virat Kohli has confirmed that fit-again opening batsman KL Rahul will return to the side for the second test against Sri Lanka, with Abhinav Mukund appearing the player most likely to lose his spot.
Rahul was ruled out of the first test in Galle, where India won by 304 runs, with a viral fever but the 25-year-old has recovered sufficiently and has been batting in the nets.
India were without both their first choice openers in Galle, with Murali Vijay also unavailable due to injury.
Shikhar Dhawan, who was named in the squad as a replacement for Vijay, and Mukund opened for the tourists, who eased to a 1-0 lead in the three-test series.
While Dhawan put India in the driver’s seat on the opening day with a sparkling 190 off just 168 deliveries, it was Mukund’s turn to shine in the second innings with an 81.
Rahul had been due to return to the Indian starting lineup after recovering from a shoulder injury sustained during the home test series against Australia.
The right-handed batsman has scored four hundreds and seven fifties in 17 tests with a top score of 199.