Indian wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul will miss the first two matches of the upcoming Asia Cup, which is set to commence in Multan on Wednesday
Indian wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul will miss the first two matches of the upcoming Asia Cup, which is set to commence in Multan on Wednesday. India’s head coach Rahul Dravid announced on Tuesday that the 31-year-old batsman, who had been included in the team after recovering from an injury, will not be available for the initial two matches against Pakistan and Nepal. Prior to the team’s announcement, BCCI’s chief selector Ajit Agarkar had informed the media that Rahul is facing some discomfort.
During the pre-departure press conference, Dravid stated, “KL has spent a good week with us, playing well, making real progress, but he won’t be available for the first leg of the round-robin phase.”
“As we are traveling, NCA will look after him for the next few days. We’ll reassess on September 4 and take it from there. But signs are looking good. He won’t be available for the first two matches,” added Dravid.
Dravid also mentioned that batsman Shreyas Iyer is fit and has performed well according to all the parameters during the practice sessions.
Dravid said, “Shreyas Iyer has performed well across all parameters during the practice sessions. We will give him a chance to play in the Asia Cup.”
In a tweet (formerly on Twitter), BCCI wrote, “KL Rahul is making real progress, but he won’t be available for India’s first two matches – against Pakistan and Nepal – in #AsiaCup2023: Head Coach Rahul Dravid.”
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 29, 2023
The first match of the Asia Cup will be played on Wednesday between co-hosts Pakistan and Nepal in Multan. Team India will kick off their campaign on September 2 with a high-voltage clash against arch-rivals Pakistan in Candy.