Plenty of clarity is expected on Rahul’s health and availabilities

The situation in and around Lokesh Rahul will be evident by the weekend or the beginning of the following week, when the Indian batsman is due to play in a simulated game in Bengaluru. More information on Rahul’s availability should be known. Before a judgment is made about whether he is ready to make a comeback for the international team, he may even play in a few games. Rahul is now not at a 100 percent fitness level. Despite various rumors and indications to the contrary, the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru has yet to formally inform the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the national selection committee about the all-clear.

This does not necessarily imply that he won’t be cleared by the time of the selection committee meeting, which may be later this week or the following week. The NCA specialists’ evaluation of how effectively he handles the responsibilities of both batting and wicket-keeping will be crucial to his return.

His ability to handle the workload is suggested by pictures and videos uploaded on social media; this opinion was also held by NCA members. They claim he appears to be in good form. Rahul underwent thigh surgery in May owing to a ligament injury sustained during an IPL game. According to those close to him, he has been able to handle roughly 85% of the necessary exertion. This percentage is crucial since the final 15% must be proven in a real-world game situation. Players often aren’t permitted to take part in practice games unless they’ve met the 85 percent threshold. Additionally, the NCA has a rule that a player cannot receive the all-clear until after participating in a match and coming out uninjured. It may be relevant to ask whether the regulation was followed in the case of Jasprit Bumrah, but the bowler in question is a different idea.

Returning to Rahul, it has been learned that the selectors will respect Rahul’s expertise in the Asia Cup given the recent white-ball cricket performances of the Indian batsmen. He is being considered for both the competition from August 30 to September 17 and the World Cup that follows in October and November because he has played international cricket for almost ten years. However, according to sources, before being taken into consideration for selection, he must demonstrate complete fitness in both batting and wicket-keeping during a 50-over game. The way his body responds the next day will also be important.

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