India’s Asia Cup squad to be announced on 21 August. Will KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer be involved?

Desire KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer And Jasprit Bumrah Will you be on the plane to Sri Lanka for the Asia Cup? We will find out on Monday, August 21, when the senior men’s selection committee headed by Ajit Agarkar will convene in New Delhi to choose the team.

It is understood that Indian captain Rohit Sharma will attend this meeting. SS Das will also be there, but via video conference as he is a selector on the Ireland tour with the second-tier team, which is currently in the middle of a three-match T20I series. According to PTI, head coach Rahul Dravid will also be present in his official capacity. The coach is generally not a part of the selection meetings.

Rohit’s participation is important as the selectors may also consider drafting the team for the World Cup. While the deadline to submit the team draft to the ICC is September 5, it is understood that the selection panel wants to pick the same 15 players for both the events as far as possible. The selected team, along with some stand-by players, will assemble in Bengaluru for a six-day camp before leaving for Colombo.

The fitness status of Rahul and Iyer could be the main topic of discussion as the BCCI awaits the final approval from the NCA. The pair are currently in Bengaluru, where they have been kept A series of match-simulation exercises And practice matches to test your preparation for 50 over cricket.

Iyer is understood to have ticked most of the boxes in his first practice game earlier this week, where he fielded the full 50 overs and batted for 38 runs without any trouble. NCA chief VVS Laxman and batting coach Hrishikesh Kanitkar kept a close watch on the match. Rahul, who did not feature in that game, is expected to line up with Iyer for the second practice game on Sunday.

Rahul’s fitness is the key to their solution for India wicketkeeper puzzleEspecially when Rishabh Pant is still recovering from injuries sustained during a serious car accident in December.
If selected, Rahul is likely to bat at No. 5 and keep wickets. If he is not there, then Ishan Kishan is the frontrunner for the wicketkeeper’s role. There may also be some reshuffle in the batting order with the selection of Kishan. Many former cricketers have done this, These include former head coach Ravi ShastriFeel strongly about.

Iyer, meanwhile, resolves the crucial No. 4 debate over fit. It’s a situation that proved troublesome for India at the 2019 World Cup, when the MSK Prasad-led selection committee emphasized Vijay Shankar’s all-round skills over Ambati Rayudu, who was named for most of India’s build-up. Was number 4. Competition. Ultimately, Shankar’s injury paved the way for Pant’s late inclusion in the team.

In Iyer’s absence, India recently tried Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson and Axar Patel at the No. 4 position in the Caribbean. India’s T20I vice-captain Suryakumar admitted that he could not succeed in this Make the best of your opportunities at that position, and the team management is believed to be trying him out as a finisher.
Meanwhile, Bumrah kicked off India’s tour of Ireland with a player-of-the-match winning effort in Dublin on Friday. Bumrah took 2 wickets for 24 runs; Both of his strikes came in his opening overs on his return to international cricket after 11 months. Prasidh KrishnaAnother key bowler of India’s World Cup plans also made a brilliant comeback and took two wickets.

India will begin their Asia Cup campaign against Pakistan on September 2, before playing Nepal on September 4. Both matches will be played in Pallekele, with the top two teams from the group advancing to the Super 4, where they will play three more games.

After the Asia Cup, India will also play three ODIs at home against Australia in Chennai on October 8 before starting their World Cup campaign.

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