Good News For Team India! KL Rahul Resumes Wicketkeeping Practice Before Asia Cup 2023 – WATCH
Indian cricket star KL Rahul is the team's first-choice wicketkeeper-batsman in ODIs now that Rishabh Pant is out with an injury. He has returned to wicketkeeping practise in the nets at Team India's fitness camp in Alur, Bengaluru.
The right-handed batter, who is 31 years old and has a niggle and might not be able to play in the Asia Cup 2023 opener against Pakistan on September 2 in Pallekele because of it, was seen taking wickets during a practise session.
In a video posted to YouTube by Star Sports on Saturday (August 26), the official broadcaster of the Asia Cup 2023 in India showed the Men in Blue's practise session live.
In the video, KL can be seen keeping wicket, which has also raised hopes that he will get fit in time for India's first Asia Cup match.
Rahul hasn't played since May 1, 2023. He was chosen for the 17-person Asia Cup team by chief selector Ajit Agarkar, who said at the team announcement in New Delhi on Monday (August 21) that he hoped Rahul would be ready for the second or third match even if he wasn't ready for the first.
KL is an important part of India's ODI team. He bats at No. 5, where he has scored 742 runs at an average of 53.00 in 18 games so far.
If Rahul can't play, India will have to put Ishan Kishan in the starting lineup. But Ishan doesn't bat in the middle of the lineup. In 10 ODIs where he batted at No. 3 or 4, he hasn't done much. The 25-year-old has made 163 runs in four ODIs at No. 3, and 106 runs in six ODIs at No. 4.
India also has Sanju Samson as a wicketkeeper option, but he won't be picked unless Rahul is ruled out of the event. As a backup wicketkeeper and batter, Samson is going to Sri Lanka.