Ajit Agarkar feels now is not the time for Dhawan to come in

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Chairman of Selectors for the BCCI, Ajit Agarkar announced the Asia Cup squad yesterday in Sri Lanka.

While he announced the return of KL Rahul to the side for the tournament, he did so with a major twist.

Agarkar says that Rahul has been picked as a wicketkeeper-batter for this tournament and he will operate in that capacity only.

Meanwhile, Rahul still has a small injury but nevertheless has been selected for the squad.

On the other hand, Ishan Kishan has been added as a backup opener while Sanju Samson is a traveling reserve for the Indian team.

During the interview with the media persons, Agarkar also talked about the future of veteran India opener, Shikhar Dhawan.

Says Agarkar,

Rohit is not a bad player, Shubman has had a phenomenal year. Ishan Kishan (is another one). Shikhar had been a terrific player for India. At the moment three guys are doing well and you can fit only 15. Unfortunately, someone has to fit. At the moment these are our preferred openers.

Talking about Dhawan, then he was India’s stand-in skipper in their parallel series last year.

Leading a second-string side, Dhawan took India to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh but his performances weren’t too good.

Moreover, Dhawan’s last game in India colors was against Bangladesh at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

Agarkar says that KL Rahul can be doubtful against Pakistan

Furthermore, Agarkar has stated that KL Rahul could be a doubtful starter in the game against Pakistan on the 2nd of September.

However, he says that Rahul is a great player and will play as a keeper-batter in the team.

Rahul plays in the team as a wicketkeeper-batter. Hopefully, he will be available from the first game itself. Both Rahul and Iyer had long-term injuries and they have done really well to get fit. It is a small setback for KL but we are hopeful that he will be okay. He is a very important player needless to say.

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