KL Rahul returns for Asia Cup
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also named KL Rahul as one of the squad members for the Asia Cup this year. Rahul recently returned from an injury that made him unable to play since May.
The Asia Cup is Rahul’s assignment after leading India to win over Zimbabwe in an ODI series. In that series, Rahul only managed to score 31 runs.
Danish Kaneria, the former Pakistani cricketer, said India should have sent Sanju Samson instead of Rahul to the Cup. Kaneria reasoned that Rahul just returned from “a big injury” and had to participate in two different events in a short time.
He added, “India have Sanju Samson type of a player who’s been doing so well. He is a fantastic cricketer and he’s been playing beautifully. Samson didn’t get consistent opportunities to play for team India.”
Samson participated in two matches during the Zimbabwe tour, scoring a total of 58 runs. In the second ODI match, he managed to make 43 runs off 39 balls.
According to Kaneria, India should have let Rahul recover his form fully before the T20I World Cup in Australia later this year. However, he noted that Rahul is “a big name” and the public would question BCCI if the veteran cricketer was not included in the Asia Cup’s squad.
India is scheduled to face Pakistan in a 20-over match on August 28 for the opening of the Asia Cup in Dubai. Previously, both national teams had practice sessions ahead of the match where Kohli was seen catching up with Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi who pulled out from the match after sustaining an injury.