KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer do match simulation at NCA but are they ready for Asia Cup grind? | Cricket News

KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer do match simulation at NCA but are they ready for Asia Cup grind? | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Ahead of Team India selection for the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka, KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer, both recovering from injuries, were observed engaging in match simulation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru on Monday.

While specific details regarding Rahul’s wicket-keeping for 50 overs haven’t been disclosed, this aspect is crucial for his inclusion in the Indian squad for the World Cup.

Rahul, who underwent thigh surgery, and Iyer, recovering from a lower-back stress fracture, dedicatedly participated in a practice match amidst the challenging Bengaluru heat.
In a video, the duo could be seen batting together in a practice game.

Earlier, it was reported by PTI that the national selection committee led by Ajit Agarkar would only consider Rahul and Iyer if they prove their readiness for the demands of 50-over cricket, requiring them to undergo match simulation.
For Rahul, the selectors are keen on assessing his fitness for wicket-keeping over 50 overs, while Iyer needs to demonstrate full fitness by being on the field for the entire duration. Mere batting fitness might not be sufficient to secure a place in the final squad of 15 players.
In the video, Iyer was seen firmly pushing a delivery from a fast bowler in the cover region with Rahul at the non-striker’s end. As it was a simulation, a local umpire was summoned to officiate.
The NCA bigwigs are all tight-lipped about the fitness status but the Asia Cup team selection has been deferred because the Ajit Agarkar-led committee wants to give the duo the best chance to get fit before the continental showpiece. The squad is expected to be announced towards the middle or end of this week in Mumbai.

“Keeping 50 overs in Sri Lankan heat would take a toll and the NCA can only give him a fitness certificate if he is able to don the big gloves without any apparent discomfort. Also, they haven’t played anything and the first international game against Pakistan (on September 2) could be a bit too much of a pressure. But then time is of essence,” a BCCI source tracking the developments said.
It is understood that while Tilak Varma has made an impression, the selection committee would like to exercise caution with regards to throwing the Hyderabad southpaw at the deep end of the pool.
“Yes, he has started well and he will surely play ODIs in future. But what if he is pushed too quickly and it turns out to be counter-productive. You can’t play with young careers. Yes, he could be discussed but only if both Iyer and Rahul are ruled out,” the source said.
(With PTI inputs)

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