Indian team coach Rahul Dravid has become corona infected before the match against Pakistan. He has isolated himself. In his absence, VVS Laxman can take over as the coach.
Before the Asia Cup 2022, the difficulties of the Indian team seem to be increasing. After fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, coach Rahul can also be out of this tournament. According to reports, Rahul Dravid has been infected with Corona and he has isolated himself. However, no official information has been given by BCCI or Rahul Dravid about this. VVS Laxman can take over as the Indian coach in the absence of Rahul Dravid. Laxman recently took over the coach’s responsibility in the ODI series against Zimbabwe. Dravid was rested in this series.
Laxman is the head of the NCA and has previously coached the Indian team in two T20Is against Ireland. He has also played the role of mentor for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL for a long time. Laxman was also with the Indian players during the practice match in England and he gets along well with all the players in the team. His record as an Indian coach is excellent. Under his coach, India has played a total of five matches and won all. This includes two T20Is in Ireland and three ODIs in Zimbabwe.
Team will leave today
The Indian team was to leave for Dubai to play the Asia Cup today, but the team’s problems have increased after coach Dravid got corona infected. Now the Indian team can leave for Dubai without Rahul Dravid. Unless Dravid is fully fit, it is difficult to get permission to join the team. However, recently the rules related to Corona have been relaxed. During the Commonwealth Games, Australian player Tahila McGrath played the final match despite being infected with Corona. In such a situation, Dravid can also be allowed to go to Dubai, but it is very unlikely.
India’s first match against Pakistan in Asia Cup
Asia Cup 2022 will be played in T20 format this year and it is starting from August 27. India’s first match is against Pakistan on 28 August. Team India would like to avenge the defeat in 2021 by winning this match in Dubai. Last year, Pakistan defeated India by 10 wickets in Dubai itself. This was the first time that Team India had lost to Pakistan in a World Cup match. Now India has a chance to avenge this defeat. However, India’s preparations may be affected if Dravid is infected with Corona.
Indian team for Asia Cup
Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice-Captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (WK), Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan.
Reserve players: Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel, Deepak Chahar.