As the final step in the Indian team’s recovery from injury, KL Rahul And shreyas iyer Now participating in match simulation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. The process will culminate in a few practice games for them as they return from thigh (Rahul) and Back (Iyer) Hurt.

Rahul and Iyer are expected to take part in the training this whole week, which will give clarity to the national selectors on how they are shaping up in the match environment before picking India’s Asia Cup squad, which is expected to be outside. Till 20 August.

Head coach, “We have some guys coming back from injuries.” Rahul Dravid Said in Florida After the fifth and final T20I against west indies on Sunday. “We have to give them the opportunity to play [in the Asia Cup], I haven’t really thought about the Asia Cup at the moment. We have a week-long camp in Bengaluru from 23rd August. We will gather there as a one-day team. We’ll take it as it comes.”

Late last month, the BCCI issued a media statement confirming Iyer and Rahul Return to bat in the nets and fitness exercises, ESPNcricinfo understands that the delay in announcing the Asia Cup squad is aimed at giving the selectors more opportunity to assess the pair, and give them the best possible chance of going into the tournament which is in many ways a dry season for the October-November World Cup. Is.

India’s Asia Cup squad and reserve players will undergo a week-long conditioning camp in Bengaluru from August 23-29 before leaving for Sri Lanka for the tournament, where India will open their campaign against Pakistan on September 2.

Asia Cup team = World Cup team?

The selectors want the Asia Cup to be an informal rough patch as far as team selection for the World Cup is concerned, but there are chances that there could be one or two exceptions as India play three ODIs with Australia ahead of the World Cup campaign. Will also play the match. , As things stand, the BCCI will have to announce the preliminary World Cup squad by September 5, but the squad can be tweaked by the day of the third and final ODI against Australia on September 27.

Rahul and Iyer are among the four players who are in line for a comeback. the other two, Jasprit Bumrah And prasidh krishnaIreland are part of the touring party for three T20Is from August 18-23.

If fully fit, Rahul is India’s first-choice wicketkeeper in ODIs and will likely be slotted in the middle order alongside Iyer, who has an excellent record at No.4. In Iyer’s absence, the selectors have experimented with a number of options, including Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson and Axar Patel during the recently concluded ODI series in the Caribbean.

Iyer has not played any competitive cricket since the fourth Border-Gavaskar Test against Australia this March. He then underwent back surgery in London, due to which he did not have to play the entire IPL season. He was in line to return for the Ireland T20Is, but was pushed forward after NCA staff felt he needed a longer rehabilitation period.

Meanwhile, Rahul was pulled towards the closing stages of IPL 2023 when he suffered an injury to his right thigh while fielding. Like Iyer, Rahul also underwent surgery in the UK and has been in rehab at the NCA for the past two months.

Prasidh Krishna, Jasprit Bumrah all set for Ireland gig

Famous and Bumrah were made to undergo a similar match simulation exercise by the NCA staff late last month, as a final step of preparation before the team selection for Ireland. on Sunday, Played for the famous Mysuru Warriors His first top-level game in almost a year, in the Maharajah T20 Cup.

Both the players have now joined the team leaving for Ireland.


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