From Rahul to Kuldeep – India’s comeback boys prove their WC selection in Asia Cup

Sep 18, 2023

By: Sourabh Jain

KL Rahul

KL Rahul has made a comeback for the Asia Cup after being away for a long time due to an injury. He has also been selected for the upcoming World Cup ahead of Sanju Samson as a wicketkeeper and middle order batsman.

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Century against Pakistan

KL Rahul stepped up in his first comeback match against Pakistan, scoring 111 runs not-out and helping India win by 228 runs. He scored a total of 169 runs in three matches with a healthy average of 55 plus.

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Kuldeep Yadav

Kuldeep Yadav, who was picked over Yuzvendra Chahal, grabbed the opportunity with both hands. The left arm spinner was named the Man of the Series in the Asia Cup.

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Five-wicket haul against Pakistan

Kuldeep took a five-wicket haul against Pakistan, helping restrict India’s arch rivals to 128 runs. He took a total of nine wickets in four innings, emerging as the second highest wicket taker for the team.

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Mohammed Siraj

Mohammed Siraj, who will be key bowler for India in the World Cup, has also made a mark in the Asia Cup by showing his wicket picking abilities.

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Six-wicket haul in the final

Siraj took six wickets in the Asia Cup final, helping India restrict Sri Lanka to a mere 50 runs. Siraj emerged as the leading wicket taker for India, having taken 10 wickets in four innings.

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Ishan Kishan adjusts to a new role

Ishan Kishan, who is India’s second choice wicket keeper currently, did not mind being pushed down the batting order and scored 143 runs in four innings, including a match-saving 82 against Pakistan.

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Axar Patel

Axar Patel, who has returned to the squad after some time, has also proved he deserves to be in the squad with performances both with the bat and the ball.

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Allround performance

Axar Patel, an all-rounder, emerged as the second-highest run-scorer for India against Bangladesh and took one wicket. The lanky left hander, gives India a solid backup to Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja.

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