As cricket aficionados eagerly await the squad announcement for the Asia Cup 2023, the latest whispers from insiders within the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suggest that KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer might not make the cut. Despite their earnest efforts to recover from their injuries and sharing encouraging progress updates on social media, sources indicate that it would be premature to rush the two batters back into international action for the continental championship, scheduled from August 30 to September 17.
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However, there is a silver lining for these talented players as they remain in contention for the upcoming ODI World Cup, set to take place later this year, provided they make a complete and steady recovery. The three-ODI series against Australia in September might present the perfect opportunity for Rahul and Iyer to make their comeback to the international stage.
In the absence of Rahul and Iyer, it is likely that most of the players who featured in the recently-concluded three-match ODI series against West Indies will secure their places in the six-team Asia Cup, which is to be held in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However, some bowling changes are expected, with the triumphant return of Mohammed Siraj, the seasoned Mohammed Shami, and the indomitable Jasprit Bumrah.
Ishan Kishan’s spot fixed in the team?
Another player under consideration for the Asia Cup is Prasidh Krishna, who is also making a comeback after a significant injury break. However, he may face tough competition and miss the cut due to the absence of a specific spot in the final 15.
Meanwhile, the young and talented Ishan Kishan seems to be securing his position not only in the Asia Cup but also in the World Cup as the wicketkeeper-batsman. His stellar performances have caught the eye of the team management, and if he continues to impress, he could solidify his spot in the upcoming tournaments. In light of Ishan’s inclusion, the team management faces the delightful conundrum of deciding the opening combination when the seasoned Rohit Sharma returns to the playing XI.
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Indications suggest that Ishan and Rohit might pair up as opening batsmen, while the promising Shubman Gill, who demonstrated his prowess during the three ODIs against West Indies, might shift to the middle order. The final team composition and batting order will be meticulously determined during the Asia Cup preparatory camp scheduled to take place in Bengaluru from August 24 to 29, under the watchful eyes of the coaching staff and team strategists.