Asia Cup

The presence of prominent figures again for the Asia Cup in 2023 gave India a boost. The competition, which starts on 30 August, will serve as the official practise venue for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

India will participate in the six-nation tournament that Pakistan and Sri Lanka will co-host. One of their final international contests before the Cricket World Cup in October-November will be this one.

Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahul, and Shreyas Iyer’s return to the ODI lineup strengthens the Rohit Sharma-led team. The team will now have the chance to practise the lineups that they will probably use in the World Cup.

We examine some of the most important lessons learned from the squad that was unveiled on August 21.

Iyer and Rahul return

Iyer and Rahul are returning for the Asia Cup squad, while Bumrah had previously made a comeback in the T20I series against Ireland. Due to their individual injuries, the pair lost out on playing cricket.

Iyer hasn’t played cricket since March due to back issues, while Rahul hasn’t played since May due to a thigh injury he sustained during the Indian Premier League.

The pair had recently participated in match simulation training at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), where they were recovering from successful surgery.

Iyer has currently attained 100% fitness and will join the race without a doubt. Rahul of Karnataka, on the other hand, has a niggle unrelated to his prior injury and will be progressively reintroduced to the India lineup.

In the press conference that followed the team’s announcement, India’s Senior Men’s Selection Committee Chair Ajit Agarkar stated, “Shreyas has been declared as completely fit. Over the past several days, Rahul has been experiencing a niggle unconnected to his initial injury. Sanju [Samson] is currently travelling due to this, but we all anticipate his return to fitness at some point. Possibly during the second or third game of the Asia Cup, if not right away.

Clarity around India’s fourth pacer conundrum

Dinesh Karthik, the wicketkeeper for India, had expressed doubts on India’s fourth pace bowling option for the 2018 World Cup. With the mega event scheduled to take place in India, it is highly possible that Hardik Pandya would be the only other fast bowler in India’s side.

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