World Cup: KL Rahul’s wicket-keeping fitness in focus | Cricket News

Workforce to go gradual on comeback gamers forward of World Cup
NEW DELHI: With two days left to announce the provisional squad for the ODI World Cup, Indian selectors have determined to draft KL Rahul into the squad after he cleared a health check on the Nationwide Cricket Academy.
Whereas Rahul is slated to affix the group in Colombo for the rest of the Asia Cup, TOI understands that there’s going to be warning first strategy in the direction of taking part in Rahul within the remaining ODIs over the following one month earlier than the World Cup begins on October 5.
Chief selector Ajit Agarkar had made it clear that Rahul would be the major wicket-keeping possibility within the group who bats at No. 5. However TOI has learnt that Rahul’s main concern was squatting whereas maintaining wickets. The character of his hamstring harm was such that it has taken an extended than anticipated for him to be match sufficient to maintain wickets for 50 overs.

“There was no criticism when he bats. It is whereas squatting that he has been feeling his hamstring. That has bought a lot better previously week. He’ll be a part of the group for the Colombo leg of the Asia Cup. The World Cup group is more likely to be introduced in a day or two,” a BCCI supply mentioned.
The Indian group administration is skinny on sources with regards to middle-order batting and wicket-keepers. On this state of affairs, Ishan Kishan turns into essential to the set-up. The selectors are unlikely to have any extra wicketkeepers within the squad of 15 for the World Cup apart from Ishan and Rahul.
“Ishan is seen as a back-up opener and a wicket-keeping possibility who may also bat at No. 5. The group administration might be very cautious whereas pushing the gamers who’re getting back from lengthy harm layoffs. It would not need any of the gamers getting injured proper earlier than the World Cup as that may disrupt their plans in a giant approach. The three-ODI sequence in opposition to Australia at house this month might be a good indicator,” the supply added.
Shardul Thakur might be effectively positioned to discover a place within the World Cup squad. The Indian group has been fearful about its batting depth in ODI cricket. Thakur provides that depth to batting regardless that it’ll come at the price of a real wicket-taking third pacer.
The squad is unlikely to have anybody from outdoors the squad picked for the Asia Cup.

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