Rahul Dravid drops major 'Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul' hint for Asia Cup, World Cup after India's horror defeat in WI T20Is
Team India suffered a humiliating defeat in Florida, losing a bilateral series (minimum three matches) to the West Indies for the first time in over 17 years.
After bouncing back from a 0-2 deficit in the T20I, India were blasted by a stunning 107-run stand between Nicholas Pooran and Brandon King as the hosts, who failed to qualify for the T20 World Cup last year, won an eight-wicket win with 12 balls to spare.
With the defeat occurring just a fortnight before the commencement of the Asia Cup, fans are apprehensive about the Indian team's position, which had previously survived a similar fate in an ODI earlier this week.
However, after admitting his shortcomings, head coach Rahul Dravid presented shocking news for the Asia Cup and World Cup.
The middle order has been a big source of concern for the Indian ODI team. Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya have struggled in the absence of injured talents Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul, with the management seemingly perplexed over the line-up after their trials in the West Indies battle yielded no fruit.
Fans were further concerned when it was reported that Iyer and Rahul would also miss the Asia Cup due to their lengthy recovery period. However, Dravid confirmed on Sunday that both renowned hitters are likely to make a comeback in the Asia Cup.
Dravid was asked whether India will look to experiment in the match against his country in the Asia Cup by a reporter from Nepal, and the batting legend replied that the likes of Iyer and Rahul, who will be returning, will get a chance first as the team builds towards the ODI World Cup.
"We have a few guys returning from injury, so we have to give them opportunities to play first." To be honest, I haven't given Asia Cup much thought at this point," he stated.
India will organise an Asia Cup training camp at the NCA.
Dravid also informed that India's Asia Cup contenders will meet at the NCA in Bengaluru exactly a week later to prepare for the competition before departing for Sri Lanka.
"We'll take some time off before starting a camp at the NCA in Bengaluru on the 23rd." We will form a one-day team there to prepare for the Asia Cup. "We'll take it as it comes," he said.
As part of their group stage fixtures, India will face Pakistan on September 2 in Pallekel before facing Nepal on September 4.