KL Rahul Has been included in India’s ODI World Cup squad despite not having played any competitive cricket since May this year. Rahul, India’s first-choice wicketkeeper-batsman in the format, is getting ready to fly to Sri Lanka for the Asia Cup Super Four after passing a fitness assessment at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru on September 4.
Ishan Kishan Holds his place as another wicketkeeper-battery in the squad. Kishan highlighted his utility with his fourth successful ODI half-century, 82 runs, in India’s rain-hit Asia Cup opener against Pakistan at Pallekele on 2 September.
While Kishan’s form makes him likely to play as a specialist middle-order batsman, the selectors have also opted for it Suryakumar Yadav At 15 – Suryakumar, a T20 giant, averages 24.22 ODI figures with two half-centuries in 24 innings, and admits to not quite cracking the 50-over game.
Rahul, who last played an ODI in March this year, tore a tendon in his right thigh during the IPL and had to undergo surgery in May. He was selected in the Asia Cup squad after extensive rehabilitation at the NCA, but then missed the first two matches after picking up a fresh niggle.
“We had a number of fitness issues that we had to look at, but all three [Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah and Shreyas Iyer]who have come through long-term injuries,” India’s chief selector Ajit Agarkar Dr. in a press conference. “KL is looking good. We think it gives us the best balance to try and do well. With KL, he was part of the camp in Bangalore, he looked really good there, got over his niggles. He played a few matches. Last two days. caught. I think he bowled 50 overs and batted almost 50 overs, so he’s feeling good and we’re happy to have him.”
last week, Rahul Dravid Expressed satisfaction at Rahul’s recovery and explained that India is accepting a “A little more careful approach” with him. Since then, Rahul has been working with head physio Nitin Patel at the NCA and had a match simulation practice on Monday to test his fitness level.
Bumrah will lead a pace attack that includes Mohammad Siraj and Mohammad Shami, along with fast bowling all-rounders Hardik Pandya and Shardul Thakur. Kuldeep Yadav is the frontline wristspinner, Akshar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja are left-arm spin-bowling all-rounders. There is no specialist off-spinner in the squad.
“Obviously the discussion will be that we have both Ravindra Jadeja and Akshar Patel who spin the left-arm ball,” Agarkar said. “[But] Both add depth to our batting. Kuldeep took away the ball. In 50-over cricket, perhaps you ideally want an offspinner but this gives us the best balance. “Seamers tend to bowl a lot more in ODIs than in T20 cricket, and if you don’t have an offie you might be under a bit more pressure, so we’re happy with our guys.”
The deadline for submitting World Cup squads to the ICC is September 5, with teams able to make changes without the ICC’s approval until September 28. This gives India three more ODIs against Australia after the Asia Cup to give players like Rahul and Iyer more playing time. India will begin their World Cup campaign on October 8, when they face Australia in Chennai.
India’s World Cup Squad: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wicketkeeper), Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Akshar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur . , Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj