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India could be without both their first-choice openers in the second Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka, with KL Rahul taking a blow to his hand while batting in the nets on the eve of the match. While India batting coach Vikram Rathour indicated on Wednesday that Rahul's injury wasn't serious, he did not confirm whether he is certain to start the match.
"It doesn't [look serious]," Rathour said in his pre-match press conference. "He seems to be fine. Hopefully he'll be okay. The doctors are looking at it, but hopefully he'll be okay."
Rathour, incidentally, was delivering throwdowns to Rahul when he took the blow to his hand towards the end of his nets session. He was seen rubbing the injured area, and was attended to by the team doctor.
Abhimanyu's selection came on the back of a prolific India A tour of Bangladesh. Having just come off a 50-overs century for Bengal against Services in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Abhimanyu made back-to-back hundreds in the four-day games against Bangladesh A in Cox's Bazar and Sylhet.
The blow to Rahul's hand is the latest in a series of injuries India have suffered in recent weeks.
India lost that ODI series 2-1, and lead the two-Test series 1-0 after a 188-run win in Chattogram.