Major Setback For India Ahead of Asia Cup 2023
In a setback for the Indian cricket team, KL Rahul will not be participating in the initial two matches of the Asia Cup 2023 due to an ongoing recovery process related to a minor fitness concern.
Head coach Rahul Dravid affirmed during a media briefing that the right-handed batsman, KL Rahul, will be absent for the opening encounters against Pakistan and Nepal.
The 31-year-old opener had been away from competitive cricket since May and was included in the Asia Cup squad after bouncing back from a thigh injury that kept him on the sidelines.
However, during his rehabilitation period at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, he faced another fitness hiccup, unrelated to his previous injury.
“KL Rahul has shown significant progress during his time with us, performing well and making notable strides. However, he won’t be accessible for the initial portion of the Kandy leg of the tour,” Dravid stated.
Dravid went on to mention that the NCA would be overseeing Rahul’s recovery over the upcoming days, expressing optimism about his swift return given his positive advancement.
In the group-stage matches scheduled for September 2 and 4 in Sri Lanka, Ishan Kishan is expected to take up the responsibilities of wicket-keeping.
Furthermore, reports indicate that India has an additional wicket-keeping option in Sanju Samson, who will be accompanying the squad as a reserve player for this prestigious tournament.