Indian Opener KL Rahul sidelined for the much-anticipated Asia Cup clash with Pakistan

Wicketkeeper-batsman K.L. Rahul will be absent from India’s initial two matches in the Asia Cup due to an injury, as confirmed by coach Rahul Dravid on Tuesday.

India’s inaugural match in the tournament is scheduled for September 2nd against Pakistan, a highly significant encounter. Following that, they will face Nepal two days later.

Commencing on Wednesday, the Asia Cup presents a valuable opportunity for regional teams to familiarize themselves with each other’s strengths and strategies ahead of the forthcoming World Cup in India, set to commence in October.

Rahul, aged 31, sustained his injury during the Indian Premier League (IPL) in April and May and has not participated in any matches since then. This latest injury differs from his previous thigh injury and is unrelated to it. His condition will be reevaluated on September 4, just prior to the commencement of the Super Four stage in the Asia Cup.

Encouragingly, Rahul is showing signs of improvement from his injury. However, he will not be available for the initial phase of the Asia Cup, particularly during the tournament’s leg in Kandy. In his absence, Ishan Kishan is anticipated to assume the wicketkeeper role, according to reports in the Indian media.

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