K.L. Rahul can only be considered if he plays as a wicket-keeper batsman: Sanjay Bangar ahead of Asia Cup

Rahul’s availability for the first match of the Asia Cup against Pakistan on September 2 is in doubt. Chief selector Ajit Agarkar said the 31-year-old player suffered a contusion while recovering from a thigh injury.

If KL Rahul is not fit as a batsman, then Ishan Kishan has done nothing wrong because he is the best wicket keeper and also a regular wicket keeper. So in a 50 over format game, wherever India are going to play, you would obviously want a healthy and first choice keeper in the starting line-up rather than considering a player who is half healthy or feels he might get injured again, Bangar added.

Kishan was India’s top scorer in the last bilateral ODI series in the West Indies, where he opened the batting for the Blues and made three half-centuries in three matches.

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