KL Rahul gets ‘all clear’ from NCA but told to avoid keeping initially in IPL | Cricket News

Mar18,2024



New Delhi: Captain of Lucknow Super Giants KL Rahul has received the green signal from National Cricket Academy And is all set to take the field for his franchise from the initial IPL match, but he has been cautioned against taking the responsibility of wicketkeeping in the initial matches.
Rahul suffered a quadriceps strain during the first Test against England in Hyderabad. Despite initial hopes of rejoining the team by the third game, the handsome right-hander experienced tightness in his muscles and opted to sit out the remaining matches.
Rahul recently posted a short video of his batting, basic keeping practice and outfielding practice at the NCA.

“He has been cleared by the NCA and he will join his teammates in Lucknow on Thursday (March 20) before traveling to Jaipur for the opening game against Rajasthan Royals on March 24. It is understood he will be required to avoid sitting out the start. And a BCCI source keeping an eye on LSG developments told PTI on condition of anonymity, “He may wear the big gloves in the coming days. For the first few matches, he will play only as a pure batsman.”
It is understood that the franchise is also not losing sleep over Rahul's keeping as they have two good short-format glovesmen in the form of former Proteas star Quinton de Kock and West Indies' Nicholas Pooran, who has been the sub for this season. There is also a captain.
However, for Rahul, keeping will be a key aspect of his game if he is to stake a claim for a place in the Indian team for the T20 World Cup in the USA and West Indies in June.
“Looking at Rahul's past performances, he would not be considered for a top-three spot in the Indian T20 team. If he has a good IPL, he could be a keeper-batsman at No. 5 or 6. But if he is purely a batsman, “Apart from Rishabh Pant, they have a better option in Rinku Singh, who can stake a claim with some strong performances,” said a BCCI source aware of the developments. '
(With inputs from PTI)



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