Wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul is about to make a comeback after being out from Team India for a long time. The 31-year-old was injured during IPL 2023, due to which he had to stay out of cricket. He was injured in the match played with Royal Challengers Bangalore on 1 May. That is why he left the team in the middle of the season and went to London for surgery. But now KL Rahul has recovered and is about to make a comeback in the squad through the Asia Cup. This tournament will be very important for him. Because if he flops in this, again there’s a possibility that his chance may be cut from the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.
In the Asia Cup, he will be a strong contender to play in India’s playing XI as a wicket-keeper batsman. If he is unable to prove himself, then difficulties will increase for him. In such a situation, through this article, we are going to tell the names of those three batsmen who can become the replacement for KL Rahul in the World Cup 2023.
These 3 players can replace KL Rahul:
1. Sanju Samson:
28- 28-year-old batsman Sanju Samson can replace KL Rahul in ODI World Cup 2023. One of the stylish batsmen in the Indian squad, this player has not got enough chances to prove himself. He’s constantly overlooked by the Indian selectors. Sanju Samson has scored 390 runs in 13 ODIs at an average of 55.71. During this, his best score was 86 runs.
This batsman is such a player who can come for batting at any number. So, if KL Rahul is unable to do anything special in the Asia Cup 2023, then Sanju Samson will become a strong contender for a place in the World Cup 2023. Apart from opening the innings, Sanju Samson also has the ability to finish the match. In such a situation, he can prove to be a trump card for the team.
2. Ishan Kishan:
Indian team’s young batsman Ishan Kishan has earned a lot of names in a short time. Due to his blistering batting, he has also won the hearts of the fans including the Indian selector. For this reason, the 25-year-old has almost sealed his place in Team India. Ishaan Kishan was also selected for Asia Cup 2023. In such a situation, he can prove to be the biggest threat to KL Rahul in this tournament.
If KL Rahul’s bat remains silent on Sri Lankan soil and Ishan Kishan manages to impress, the 31-year-old could be ruled out of the 2023 World Cup. Ishan Kishan has played many match-winning innings in One Day International cricket. In 50-over cricket, he has 694 runs in 17 ODIs at an average of 46.27. During this, one century, six half-centuries and one double century have been seen with his bat.
3. Jitesh Sharma:
The last name on this list is that of young player Jitesh Sharma. After an impressive performance in IPL 2023, he has staked a claim for entry into Team India. Jitesh Sharma was selected for the three-match T20 series played with Ireland. However, during this time he could not get a chance to bat, but in the future, he can be the main player of Team India as a wicket-keeper batsman. That’s why he can be a part of BCCI’s World Cup 2023 planning.
Jitesh Sharma has the ability to play long shots. The young batsman can tear apart any bowling attack if he is in rhythm. Batting at a strike rate of 159.24, he has scored 543 runs in 26 IPL matches. This includes 33 sixes, 44 fours, one century, and 9 half-centuries. So, if KL Rahul flops in Asia Cup 2023, then Jitesh Sharma can get the ticket for the World Cup.