Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul are inching closer to their anticipated returns to the Indian cricket team. Rishabh Pant, the prominent wicketkeeper-batter, shared a significant update regarding the comeback of these top-notch batsmen ahead of the Asia Cup 2023. Pant, who himself is recuperating from a serious car accident, revealed exclusive practice footage of Iyer and Rahul in full batting form, hinting at their readiness for the upcoming tournament.
Pant took to Instagram to share an unseen video capturing Iyer and Rahul engaged in a practice match, gearing up for the continental competition. As India, the record-time champions, have yet to announce their squad for the Asia Cup, this insight into the form of these players adds to the excitement.
The Asia Cup, co-hosted by former champions Sri Lanka and Pakistan, is scheduled to commence in Multan on August 30, featuring Pakistan facing Nepal. While Pant, recovering from his car crash injuries, might miss a significant portion of the 2023 season, he seems to be progressing well in his rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru.
🚨 KL Rahul & Shreyas Iyer in the midst of a match simulation exercise at the KSCA ‘B’ grounds.
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Pant’s resilience has been remarkable after sustaining injuries to his forehead, knee ligament, and back in the accident. Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul had also faced setbacks due to injuries, with Iyer undergoing surgery for a recurring lower-back issue and Rahul nursing a thigh injury sustained during his stint with the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in IPL 2023.
Both batsmen were actively engaged in rehabilitation at the NCA nets, focusing on their strength and fitness. Rahul’s last appearance for India was against Australia in March, while Iyer’s absence from international cricket dates back to the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
As anticipation builds for the Asia Cup and India’s squad announcement, these glimpses of Iyer and Rahul honing their batting skills offer a positive outlook for the team’s upcoming campaigns.