Galle - India have ruled opening batsman Lokesh Rahul out of
the first Test against Sri Lanka starting Wednesday due to viral fever.
Rahul, who scored a half-century in a two-day warm-up match
last week, stayed in Colombo as the rest of the squad practised in Galle.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India said on Monday that
Rahul has "no major health concerns" but will miss the first Test as
a "precautionary measure".
Rahul, who missed the Champions Trophy last month and a
short tour of the West Indies with a shoulder injury, played a vital role in
India's Test series win over Australia in March despite getting injured during
the first match.
The 25-year-old averages over 44 in 17 Tests since making
his debut for India against Australia at Melbourne in 2014. He has scored four
hundreds and seven half-centuries.
Shikhar Dhawan, who replaced injured Murali Vijay in the
16-man squad for the three-Test series, and Abhinav Mukund are the other
openers in the Indian squad.
India, the world number one side, are to play three Tests in