KL Rahul has finally ‘cheated’, now who will play at number four, will Sanju Samson’s luck open? – injured kl rahul out of starting matches of asia cup 2023 who will replace him


Bengaluru: KL Rahul has been ruled out of the first two matches of the upcoming Asia Cup due to injury, delaying his return to the Indian team and raising questions over his availability for the World Cup starting October 5. The Indian team will take on Pakistan on September 2 and then Nepal on September 4 in the opening match of the Asia Cup. Rahul will not be a part of the team in both these matches. He will join the team in the ‘Super Four’ round of the tournament.

Now who will replace Rahul?
The coach said Rahul will stay back at the NCA (National Cricket Academy) and a decision on his participation in the tournament will be taken on September 4. The Indian Cricket Board has to hand over the list of 15 players for the World Cup to the ICC by September 5. This team can be changed till 27 September. In Rahul’s absence, Ishan Kishan is likely to play the role of wicketkeeper. Sanju Samson will go to Sri Lanka as a reserve player, but he is not technically a part of the 17-man squad. It will be interesting to see where Kishan gets a chance in the batting order.

KL has had a good week with us. He is playing well, making really good progress. However, he will not be available for the first part of the Kandy stage tour. The NCA will take care of him for the next few days when we leave here. We will assess him again on September 4, but the signs are looking good. He will not be available for the first two matches.

Rahul Dravid in press conference

‘We are being careful’

Dravid said, ‘For us it is just a matter of two matches. KL is batting well. We want to be extra careful ahead of the World Cup. He will practice in match-like conditions over the next few days. We are hoping that he will be out of the team for just two matches and will make a comeback in the later matches. We also have to participate in the series against Australia after this.

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This injury of Rahul is not related to his previous thigh injury. Rahul, who has been out of action for the past several months due to a thigh injury, was included as a wicket-keeper batsman in the Indian squad for the tournament starting on Wednesday after recovering from a thigh injury.

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