Shreyas Iyer : With KL Rahul ruled out, Rahul Dravid lifts the lid on Shreyas Iyer’s availability  in India’s Asia Cup XI. 

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Shreyas Iyer : With Rahul  ruled out of the group stage matches, Dravid spoke about Iyer’s form as the star player hopes to make a comeback after a long injury spell. 

When Star Sports, India’s official broadcaster for the 2023 Asia Cup  last week, revealed that KL Rahul’s fresh injury concerns, which surfaced just days before his selection in the 17-man squad, did not faze the BCCI chief selector. Ajit Agarkar’s revelation came true. In a team meeting in New Delhi last week  in the presence of India captain Rohit Sharma after a long selection match, Agarkar  revealed that Rahul will miss the group games of the Asia Cup.  India head coach Rahul Dravid confirmed the same on Tuesday after India wrapped up their training camp in Aluri, Karnataka, before lifting the lid on Shreyas Iyer entry into the tournament as the star player is also set to return after a long injury lay-off. . obliquely 

 Shreyas Iyer’s absence from the game was longer than Rahul’s. Iyer suffered a lower back injury during the Border-Gavaskar series, just days after joining the team due to the same concern, and he missed not only the IPL 2023 season, but also the WTC final and the Caribbean tour, during which he experienced surgery and recovery. at the National Cricket Academy. 

 On Tuesday, after Dravid revealed that Rahul had been left out of the matches against Pakistan at the Pallekele International Stadium on September 2 and 4 and the qualifier against Nepal in Sri Lanka, the media asked about Iyer’s availability. tournament The batting legend responded positively and was only looking forward to  more game time in the Asia Cup and this successful home series against Australia to build him up for the ODI World Cup. 

 Shreyas iyer  looked good. He  had no problems. It was quite simple with him. He went in and played. It’s just a matter of giving him playing time. Indeed, the matches  he can hopefully deliver in the Asia Cup and  Australia series to build him up for the World Cup are missed. But on form, he did everything well in the camp. He hit a lot. He said all the boxes were ticked, except of course the actual playing time. 

 While Shreyas Iyer will continue in his role as India’s No.4, the management will now have to decide whether they will play Ishan Kishan as the wicketkeeper in place of Rahul as he was the backup, or use the services of Sanju. Samson, who was selected as a travelling reserve

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