Asia Cup: KL Rahul’s fitness will be of highest interest as fifteen of the 18 Asia-Cup-bound players have arrived in Bengaluru, with Bumrah, Samson, and Prasidh to join them upon arrival from Ireland.


India’s squad will go through a six-day conditioning camp on Thursday at the Karnataka State Cricket Association’s (KSCA) Three Ovals campus in Alur.

Asia Cup - KL Rahul expected to feature
KL Rahul

Asia Cup – Fitness of the players to care about

In this case, the key focus area will be the fitness of players, especially those who returned from the Caribbean earlier this month.

Except for Sanju Samson, Jasprit Bumrah, and Prasidh Krishna, 15 players will undergo fitness assessments.

India's Asia Cup squad arrive
India’s Asia Cup squad arrive

In addition, there will be indoor sessions on the opening day.

KL Rahul to be assessed

All eyes are on KL Rahul as of now. He has only been deemed conditionally fit for the Asia Cup, but there have been some worries about his thigh injury, which forced Rahul to undergo surgery.

There are doubts that Rahul can be a starter for at least the first two Asia Cup games. Chief selector Ajit Agarkar confirmed this at the press conference to announce the squads on Monday.

KL Rahul's fitness ahead of Asia Cup
KL Rahul’s fitness ahead of Asia Cup

The NCA’s medical team is believed to have been happy with Rahul’s batting workload but is carefully monitoring his wicketkeeping load; he is understood to have complained of soreness after one of the practice matches organized by the NCA last week.

Next up for India’s team

The team is expected to depart for Colombo from Bengaluru on August 30. India, who open their campaign against Pakistan in Pallekele on September 2, can play a maximum of six matches if they reach the final. The Asia Cup will be followed by three ODIs at home against Australia before India begin their World Cup campaign.

On Wednesday, the ICC announced the warm-up fixtures for the tournament, with India playing England and Netherlands on September 30 and October 3, respectively, before flying out to Chennai, where they take on Australia in their tournament opener on October 8.


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