BOTH KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer are racing against time on their road to recovery in an attempt to be fit for the selection in the Asia Cup 2023 squad that is soon to be announced by BCCI.
However, as per recent reports from TOI, KL Rahul has made a remarkable recovery and is fit for selection but Shreyas Iyer is not yet 100 per cent fit. The Asia Cup 2023 starts on 30th August and with less than two weeks remaining, Iyer selection in the squad seems hard.
Rahul, who underwent thigh surgery, and Iyer, who went under the knife for a lower-back stress fracture have been doing their rehab at the NCA and were recently part of a practice match too.
KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer Eye Return In Asia Cup 2023
It was already reported in PTI that the national selection committee under Ajit Agarkar will only select Rahul and Iyer if they happened to sustain the rigours of 50-over cricket, and for that, they had to undergo match simulation.
In the case of Rahul, the selectors would also like to check out if he is fit to keep wickets for 50 overs and Iyer also needs to be on the field for the entire duration in order to prove their respective match fitness. Only batting fitness might not ensure a place in the squad of 15.
It is understood that while Tilak Varma has made an impression, the selection committee would like to exercise caution with regard to throwing the Hyderabad southpaw at the deep end of the pool.
“Yes, he has started well and he will surely play ODIs in the 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,” a BCCI source tracking the developments said.