The Indian squad, which is currently practising at Alur, near Bengaluru, took a break on August 27. Nonetheless, according to those involved, the processes have been excellent thus far, particularly for Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul, who are returning from lengthy injury absences. The show will resume on Monday.
After days of doubt regarding Rahul’s readiness to keep wickets, it is now evident that the 31-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, who recently returned from quadriceps surgery and a three-month absence, has commenced ‘keeping duties. While there was no dispute about his ability to bat, there were concerns about his ability to retain wickets. Because of this uncertainty, the selectors chose to include Sanju Samson as a traveling reserve. Rahul, on the other hand, appears to be making headway.
According to insiders, he is set to assume additional wicket-keeping duties on Monday, the day before the squad flies for Sri Lanka for the Asia Cup. It appears that he will be willing to keep wickets at the Asia Cup, particularly in the later matches. On September 2, India will play its first match against archrival Pakistan.
Jasprit Bumrah and his teammates from the recently concluded T20I series in Ireland will join the Indian players on Monday.
Iyer reflects on his experience of pain
Iyer revealed that he had been suffering from agonizing back pain and is now overjoyed to be back with the Indian team, surrounded by joyful faces. “I’m overjoyed to be a part of the team and see so many happy faces.” “I’m overjoyed to be back,” Iyer, 28, told CricAdvisor.
“To be more specific, I had this nerve compression, which was basically a slipped disc compressing the nerve and causing pain all the way down to the bottom of my tiny toe.” I was in excruciating pain and couldn’t articulate myself properly about what I was going through.”
“After the injury, I spent two days in the infirmary,” Iyer, who has not played cricket since January, added. After that, I returned home. I let myself nearly ten days of rest. I spent three weeks in London following surgery. The doctor needed to track the patient’s improvement over time.
“We gradually started doing some running sessions, and the first running session was extremely difficult.” See, it’s critical for me right now to stay in the moment and stick to my routines. I don’t want to ponder about what will happen in the future or what has happened in the past. So grateful to be here right now, savoring every moment.”