India's predicted second-string playing XI for the Asia Cup

India’s predicted second-string playing XI for the Asia Cup

Even after knowing the fact that the Asia Cup might be shifted, the BCCI is looking forward to sending a second-string squad.

2. KL Rahul (C and WK)

KL Rahul
KL Rahul. (Photo Source: Speed Media/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

KL Rahul’s career took a downturn during India’s tour of Australia in 2018 and 2019. The free-flowing batsman found it difficult to time the ball and as a result, India suffered because of Rahul’s failures. This paved the way for his exit from the national team as Shaw and Gill stood up to the occasion. But, because of Dhawan’s injury during the 2019 World Cup, Rahul was given another chance. Well, he grabbed the chance with both hands. 

During the World Cup, Rahul complemented Rohit perfectly. And as a result, they provided solid starts to India. Although India failed to reach the finals, Rahul’s name came up when the team required an opener and a wicketkeeper. Rahul took up the job of wicketkeeping during the tours of New Zealand and Australia. This gave Kohli an extra cushion as he was enabled to choose an extra bowler in the T20I squad. 

Talking about the fact that Pant will be busy in England, Rahul is our first wicketkeeper. Adding on, he is a prolific T20I batsman. With an experience of 44 games, Rahul has scored 1542 runs. This means he has a healthy average of 44.06 in T20Is. Apart from that, a strike rate of 144.92 is too good for an opener.