Former Indian coach Ravi Shastri has issued an urgent warning to the Indian team ahead of the 2023 Asian Cup over wicket-keeper batsman KL Rahul. The return of KL Rahul is expected via the Asian Cup. These days Rahul is going through the rehab process at the National Cricket Academy. Now Ravi Shastri said it might be difficult to bring him to the Asian Cup.
After injuring himself at the 2023 IPL, KL Rahul underwent leg surgery and has long stopped playing cricket. Now Ravi Shastri told Star Sports: “When you’re talking about a player who hasn’t played and is recovering from an injury. Putting him on the starting lineup for the Asian Cup is asking too much of the players themselves.”
KL Rahul will be India’s first-choice wicketkeeper at the Asian Cup and World Cup. His absence from the team could make things difficult for India. Ravi Shastri went on to say of Rahul: “And then you talk about keeping the player when he comes back from a knee injury. Movent’s range, things like that. It clearly isn’t.
Using Jasprit Bumrah as an example, Ravi Shastri explained how damaging it can be to rush players coming back from injury. The former coach said: “You can’t rush a player after an injury. You did it to Jasprit Bumrah, not once, twice, or thrice, and then he was out for 14 months.
A BCCI official told InsideSport earlier this week, “We’re awaiting some updates on injuries.” Rahul and Iyer are 80 percent fit but not fit. Get yourself released again and the squad will be announced.