Indian team batter KL Rahul, who has been dealing with a hamstring issue, was expected to make his comeback. During the encounter between the Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore, the wicketkeeper batter suffered a right leg injury. Rahul missed the remainder of the campaign in addition to the WTC championship match against Australia as a result of the injury.
The Indian Cricket Board along with Indian team head coach stated on August 29th that Rahul would be missing India’s first two games of the Asia Cup 2023. This has been a significant setback for the 31-year-old’s comeback in the tournament. In their opening two games, India will compete against Nepal and Pakistan. India’s opening 2023 Asia Cup game is against Pakistan on September 2.
“He will be unavailable for the first two games” : Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid spoke in the press conference regarding the availability of the Lucknow Super Giants skipper. He said, “KL has had a good week with us, playing well, progressing really well but he will be unavailable for the first part for the Kandy leg of the trip.”
The former Team India batter then discussed how the injury had been treating the batter and when he would be back. He said, “The NCA will be looking after him for the next few days while we are travelling. We will reassess on the 4th (September) and take it from there. But signs are looking good. He will be unavailable for the first two games.”
Ishan Kishan is probably going chosen as the wicketkeeper because KL Rahul will not play in either of the group games. Sanju Samson, who is the team’s backup wicketkeeper, will also go with them but is not likely to replace Kishan. In place of KL Rahul, both Shreyas Iyer as well as Suryakumar Yadav may receive playing time in the batting department.
Fans react as KL Rahul ruled out of first two matches of Asia Cup 2023:
Rahul Dravid confirms KL Rahul will be unavailable for the match against Pakistan on Saturday. pic.twitter.com/xKCQPBjQY2
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) August 29, 2023
Bad news for Pakistani bowlers.
— Naveen (@_naveenish) August 29, 2023
Yeh Rahul Dravid ko jaldi yaha se hatao nahi to World Cup tak aise hi experiment karta rahega
— Gagan Kamboj (@awsmgagan) August 29, 2023
— Quazi Farooque Azam (@itsqfa) August 29, 2023
We can Play with Sanju
— krishnamoorthy (@krishna99123) August 29, 2023
Ab jeet jayenge ??
— Tweet Chor? (@Pagal_aurat) August 29, 2023
whole middle order is dependent on KL
— A??? (@inevitable__31) August 29, 2023
We all know this. He was struggling while keeping and was also facing problem in batting. He needs time to recover. Would you add him for Super 4 considering this injury? It better to remove from Asia Cup squad and give him more time.
— CHARLIE (@CharlieGulshan) August 29, 2023
Bad news for Naseem Shah and Pakistan ?
— Waqar Afridi (@WakaAfridi) August 29, 2023
It’s means Kishan will play
— Khurram?? (@KhurramRANA21) August 29, 2023