The Indian cricket team has encountered a setback as KL Rahul, a prominent player, will be absent for the first two matches of the Asia Cup 2023 due to a minor fitness issue.
Setback for Team India
As preparations intensify for the Asia Cup 2023, KL Rahul’s absence casts a shadow over the Indian squad. Head coach Rahul Dravid confirmed in a press conference that the seasoned right-handed batter won’t be participating in the initial matches against Pakistan and Nepal.
Recovery Hindered by Fitness Issue
The 31-year-old opening batter had made a successful comeback after recuperating from a thigh injury that kept him out of competitive cricket since May. Unfortunately, during his rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, he encountered an unrelated fitness problem.
Dravid shared that despite KL Rahul’s impressive progress, he will be temporarily unavailable during the early part of the Kandy leg of the tournament. The NCA will oversee his recovery in the coming days, with hopes that he will be back in action soon.
Reshuffling of Roles
In light of KL Rahul’s absence, the team is making necessary adjustments. Ishan Kishan is anticipated to take up wicket-keeping duties for the group-stage matches slated for September 2 and 4 in Sri Lanka.
Back-Up Plan in Place
While KL Rahul’s absence poses a challenge, India has a contingency plan in place. Sanju Samson, another adept wicket-keeper, will join the team as a reserve player for the high-profile tournament.
The Indian cricket fraternity now eagerly awaits KL Rahul’s speedy recovery and return to the field, eager to witness his impactful contributions once again.