'Minnow basher wapas aa gaya' - Fans react as KL Rahul declared fit by medical team will fly down to Sri Lanka to play Asia Cup 2023

KL Rahul was initially picked for the Asia Cup but had to be sidelined for India's first two games because of a niggle.

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Team India is set to receive a huge boost ahead of the Super Four stages of the Asia Cup. As per reports from the Indian Express, the medical team has given Rahul the full clearance to play in the Asia Cup. India could not get off the mark in the Asia Cup as their first game against Pakistan ended up in a washout.


Rahul has not been playing cricket for a long time. He played only half of the season in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2023. Rahul picked up a thigh injury before the start of the second half of the tournament. This happened in a match at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He then took a flight to England to undergo surgery.

His rehabilitation took place at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore. Recently, Rahul made a lot of news when there were videos of him doing batting and wicketkeeping practice. Initially, it was believed that he might not make the cut for the Asia Cup. The Karnataka batter was also sidelined for India's first two fixtures in the multilateral tournament.

Sanju Samson joined the Asia Cup squad as a travelling reserve and backup for KL Rahul


Sanju Samson was also drafted into the Asia Cup squad as a travelling reserve. The right-hander has been playing a dual role for India over the years both in the top order and in the middle order. In the middle order, Rahul has brought out some good performances and also kept wickets for the national side.

For the ODI World Cup, it was decided that Rahul would bat in the middle-order and keep wickets whenever required. When it comes to the 31-year-old's career, he has played 54 matches for the Men in Blue and scored 1986 runs at an average of 45.13 and at a strike rate of 86.57. He has hit 13 fifties and five hundreds.

Pakistan are through to the Super Fours of the Asia Cup after they beat Nepal by 238 runs in their first game and their second fixture against India was washed out. The Men in Blue will face Nepal in their second match.

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