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KL Rahul Clears Fitness Tests ahead of Asia Cup Super 4 stage, name included in Team India Squad for ICC Cricket World Cup

KL Rahul is making a remarkable comeback after overcoming fitness challenges. He’s set to rejoin the Indian team for the Asia Cup 2023 Super Four stage, and he’s expressing his gratitude to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) staff and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for their support.

The challenging road to recovery took center stage in KL Rahul’s comeback journey, where he faced and conquered numerous obstacles and gained valuable lessons. Expressing his heartfelt gratitude, Rahul took to the social media platform X (formerly Twitter) to convey his appreciation. He recognized the dedicated efforts of the NCA staff and their pivotal role in his recovery.

In his X handle, Rahul wrote, ‘A big shoutout to Nitin sir, Yogesh sir, Rajini sir, Dhananjay Bhai, Shalini, and everyone at the NCA for your unwavering dedication in getting me back on the field. Special thanks to the team at Wellington Hospital in London and Dr. Rahul Patel for a successful operation. Finally, a heartfelt thanks to the BCCI for their constant support and belief in me.

Rahul’s return to action is eagerly awaited, especially considering his initial absence from the Asia Cup 2023’s opening clash against Pakistan. The match, scheduled for September 2 in Kandy, Sri Lanka, is poised to set the tone for an exciting tournament.

Acknowledging Rahul’s progress, Indian Team Coach Rahul Dravid commended the batter’s dedication to recovery. “He (KL Rahul) had a good week with us, he is progressing really well on the route that we want to take,” Dravid noted in a press conference. Although Rahul’s availability for the initial stages of the Kandy leg remained limited, Dravid revealed that the National Cricket Academy (NCA) would oversee his continued recuperation. A reassessment of Rahul’s condition was slated for September 4, building on the positive signs evident in his recovery journey.

As the Asia Cup 2023 gathers steam, the group dynamics and tournament structure are coming into sharper focus. Pakistan, India, and Nepal comprise Group A, while Group B features Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka. The unique hybrid model will see Pakistan hosting four matches across two venues, while Sri Lanka takes charge of the remaining games.

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The tournament unfolds in a series of stages, with six group-stage matches paving the way for the Super Fours, set to commence on September 6. The climax of the tournament will witness the top two teams from the Super Fours facing off in the final, scheduled for September 17 in Colombo.

Indian squad for World Cup: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj.

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