Indian batter KL Rahul has been in a lot of talks for the last few weeks. There have been quite a few reasons for it. The keeper-batter has been out of the action since IPL 2023 and of late his comeback is something which is the most talked about thing in Indian cricket.
KL Rahul suffered a hip-flexor injury during the IPL. He missed the business end of the tournament and also was ruled out of the ICC World Test Championship Final against Australia. In the meantime he underwent surgery and after that, he put hard yards in the NCA in his recovery process.
KL Rahul recently resumed batting in the nets as well as wicketkeeping as he kept his fans updated by posting videos on social media. Recently BCCI also gave an update about his fitness saying that he has resumed batting in nets and is currently undergoing strength and fitness drills.
But despite BCCI giving a fitness update, a report in Cricbuzz suggested that KL Rahul is not fully fit and will be missing the upcoming Asia Cup 2023. The reports added that BCCI felt that rushing him into international action straight away with the Asia Cup could be a premature decision.
There’s no confirmation about when he will make a return to the team and there are even chances that he might miss the World Cup as well. In this absence, the team has given opportunities to Sanju Samson to bat in the middle and he has been decent.
Sanju Samson was part of the ODI team in the West Indies. He smashed a blistering half-century in the last game and put his team in a winning position. This might well be an indication that management is keeping him as a backup option for KL Rahul.
ICC World Cup 2023: RP Singh picks Ishan Kishan as backup of KL Rahul
But former Indian cricketer RP Singh didn’t feel that Sanju Samson should be a backup option for KL Rahul if he misses the ICC World Cup 2023. The former pacer backed Ishan Kishan to take his place as he has been batting really well.
Ishan Kishan has been performing well for the team and recently struck three consecutive half-centuries for the team in the West Indies ODIs. But he has been doing all this as an opener and it remains to be seen if management keeps it as a backup option in the middle order.