KL Rahul has been named India captain for the three-match ODI tour of Zimbabwe from August 18 to 22. Shikhar Dhawan, who was previously tasked to lead the team, will now serve as vice-captain. Rahul has also been named to the India squad for the 2022 Asia Cup, which begins on August 27 in the United Arab Emirates.
Rahul will captain India for the second time. His first ODI century against Zimbabwe was in 2016 when India lost 3-0 in South Africa. The batter has not participated in competitive cricket since the end of the 2022 Indian Premier League season.
The 30-year-old was supposed to join the fifth Test against England in Birmingham in early July. He was unable to participate due to a groin injury that was diagnosed as a sports hernia.
He later tested positive for COVID-19 a week before his scheduled departure for the five-match T20I series in the West Indies in mid-July. The Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) medical team has since evaluated his health and cleared him to play. After passing the mandatory cardiovascular test, Rahul resumed batting and training last week, according to ESPNcricinfo.