Saturday, July 13

KL Rahul Cleared for IPL But to Skip Wicketkeeping Duties Initially

KL Rahul gets NCA fitness clearance for IPL 2024 but may miss out on wicketkeeping initially. Read for more on Rahul's T20 World Cup chances.

Lucknow Super Giants skipper KL Rahul has received good news – he’s been declared fit by the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and will be available for their opening IPL match. However, there’s a slight catch: Rahul might not be keeping wickets in the initial stages of the tournament.

Recovery from Injury Paves Way for IPL Return for KL Rahul

KL Rahul had suffered a quadriceps strain during the first Test against England, raising concerns about his IPL participation. After undergoing rehabilitation at the NCA, he has been cleared to play, much to the relief of the Lucknow Super Giants.

Focus on Batting First, Keeping Later

While Rahul is fit to play, the BCCI has advised him to avoid wicketkeeping duties initially. This precaution will allow him to focus on regaining full fitness and form with the bat. He is expected to take up the wicketkeeping gloves later in the tournament.

Quality Replacements Ease Keeping Concerns

The Lucknow Super Giants are fortunate to have capable backup wicketkeepers in Quinton de Kock and Nicholas Pooran (also the team’s vice-captain) on their roster. This alleviates any pressure on Rahul’s immediate return to keeping duties.

T20 World Cup Ambitions and Team India Selection

For Rahul, regaining his wicketkeeping abilities is crucial for his T20 World Cup aspirations. The BCCI sources suggest that while a top-three batting position in the Indian team might be unlikely, a wicketkeeper-batsman role at number five or six could be a possibility with a strong IPL performance.

Competition for Places in the Indian T20 Team

The competition for places in the Indian T20 squad is fierce. Sources suggest that established talents like Rishabh Pant and the in-form Rinku Singh could be strong contenders alongside Rahul, depending on their IPL performances.

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