Mumbai - India received a boost on Tuesday with the news
that opener Lokesh Rahul has recovered from injury and is in contention to face
England in this week's second Test.
"Rahul has fully recovered from his right hamstring
injury and would be joining the squad today," the Board of Control for
Cricket in India (BCCI) said in an emailed statement.
The right-handed batsman, 24, missed the opening Test in
Rajkot - in India's western state of Gujarat - which finished in a draw on
The second of what is a marathon five-match Test series
starts in Visakhapatnam, in Andhra Pradesh, on Thursday.
Rahul's timely return threatens the spot of veteran opener
Gautam Gambhir, who disappointed in the first Test.
Gambhir is trying to re-establish himself in the team after
two years in the international wilderness but could only notch 29 before an
embarrassing duck in the second innings.
India held on for a tense draw with four wickets in hand
while chasing 310 and will be looking to secure a first win of the series in