In a positive development for India’s preparations ahead of the Asia Cup 2023 and the ODI World Cup, KL Rahul has signaled his readiness to make a comeback to international cricket. During a match simulation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Rahul showcased his fitness and skills, including batting and wicketkeeping over an extended period.
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It is highly likely that Rahul will be part of the Indian squad for the Asia Cup, with the team selection slated for August 21. A source closely associated with the matter revealed, “(KL) Rahul demonstrated impressive fitness levels throughout the match simulation program at the NCA, engaging in both batting and wicketkeeping duties.”
Rahul has not only resumed his batting training earlier in the week but has also incorporated wicketkeeping into his practice sessions. While Rahul’s return is seemingly on the horizon, the assessment of Shreyas Iyer’s fitness is still underway. Iyer, who has been recovering at the NCA, has been partaking in a match simulation process, displaying noteworthy improvement in his fitness. However, a final decision on Iyer’s participation might take a few more days.
Rahul’s return would offer a relief for the Indian team management, particularly in terms of solidifying the middle-order position. Rahul has performed remarkably at No. 4 in ODIs, amassing 241 runs from 7 innings at an average of 40.17, including a century.
Additionally, at the No. 5 spot, Rahul has accumulated 742 runs with one hundred and seven half-centuries from 18 innings, maintaining an impressive average of 53. In Rahul’s absence, India has experimented with Suryakumar Yadav and Sanju Samson in the middle-order; however, their performances have been inconsistent.
KL Rahul’s most recent appearance for India was in an ODI against Australia on March 22 in Chennai. He had been sidelined due to a thigh injury sustained during a match between Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2023. After undergoing surgery, he began the rehabilitation phase, leading to his anticipated comeback.
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