India hammered Pakistan by 228 runs in the third match of the Super 4 Round of Asia Cup 2023 at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Monday, September 11. The Men in Blue resumed their innings in 147/2 in 24.1 overs on the reserve day of the contest. They ended up posting 356/2 as Virat Kohli and KL Rahul slammed tons. Kuldeep Yadav then claimed five wickets as Pakistan were bowled out for 128 in 32 overs.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday, August 21 named the squad for the 2023 Asia Cup, which will be played from August 30 to September 17. The 17-member squad includes KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer, both of whom will be making a comeback from injury. However, keeper-batter Sanju Samson has also been included as a backup player since chief selector Ajit Agarkar confirmed that Rahul has picked up another niggle
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri feels that picking KL Rahul in the Indian playing XI for Asia Cup 2023 is a move fraught with too much risk. Shastri pointed out that the Indian team think is also looking at Rahul as a keeper-batter option, which is an even bigger no given the circumstances.
Former Australia captain Aaron Finch reckons that openers Quinton de Kock and KL Rahul will be Lucknow Super Giants' biggest strength in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season. According to Finch, since the two are diverse players, they complement each other really well.
Team India captain Rohit Sharma has stated that stripping KL Rahul of the vice-captaincy does not mean anything. Rahul was named vice-captain for the first two Tests of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia. However, Rohit will be without a deputy for the remaining two Tests. The decision to strip Rahul as vice-captain has coincided with his struggles with the bat.
Team India captain Rohit Sharma backed KL Rahul in spite of the latter’s continued poor form with the bat. Rahul was under pressure going into the Test series against Australia at home due to a string of low scores. He registered four failures in Bangladesh during the two-match series, while captaining the team in Rohit’s absence.
The emergence of Shubman Gill as a strong opening option across all formats of the game has made life tougher for KL Rahul. India’s Test vice-captain opened the batting with Gill in Bangladesh. While the latter registered his maiden Test ton, Rahul failed to play a single innings of note. Now, with Rohit Sharma available for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, India might have to pick between Rahul and Gill for the opening slot.
Team India bowling coach Paras Mhambrey praised stand-in captain KL Rahul after Day 4 of the Chattogram Test against Bangladesh, stating that he rotated the bowlers very well and kept the pressure on the opposition.
KL Rahul-led Team India registered an emphatic 10-wicket win over Zimbabwe on Thursday, August 18 at the Harare Sports Club to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. India bowled first after winning the toss and restricted the hosts to 189 in 40.3 overs.