India will clash with Pakistan on September 10 in the group-4 match of the Asia Cup 2023. Before it, the former Indian batter Robin Uthappa has talked about the batting line up of team India and said that it is very difficult to play both KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan in the middle-order.
While Iyer and Rahul have been India’s middle-order pillars at No.4 and 5, respectively, in ODIs over the past couple of years, Kishan has scored four half-centuries in four consecutive games.
The left-handed batsman contributed significantly by scoring 82 runs off 81 deliveries during India’s first Asia Cup match against Pakistan last week.
Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Robin Uthappa said,”It will be difficult to play both Kishan and KL in the Indian line-up at the Asia Cup because Shreyas Iyer has also just returned from injury. He is a very good player and he needs to be in the mix for India’s sake. Shreyas Iyer needs to be given more chances.”
He further added,”Ishan Kishan needs to have confidence going into the ODI World Cup, so I will play him throughout this tournament. I will urge the team management to play KL Rahul in all three matches against Australia instead.”