Aakash Saini ∙ Aug 10 2022, 10:18 AM

Asia Cup 2022: Scott Styris backs KL Rahul’s selection over Ishan Kishan

image-l6nfxxh7Scott Styris has recently been very involved in the analysis of multiple teams

KL Rahul has been named in India’s expanded squadron for the upcoming T20 Asia Cup, scheduled to commence from August 27. The elegant opener last played during the Indian Premier League 2022 (IPL 2022) season.

The cricketer sustained a groin injury and had to miss out on home series against South Africa and was also rested from India’s subsequent tours to England, Ireland and West Indies.

Team India’s Asia Cup 2022 squad

Asia Cup 2022: Scott Styris believes KL Rahul’s return “fantastic” for India

KL Rahul was chosen over Ishan Kishan in India’s 15-player Asia Cup 2022 squad, and was also appointed as a deputy to skipper Rohit Sharma.

Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris believes that the Indian selectors made the right decision because Rahul is someone who “can truly make the difference on the greatest platform”.

During a conversation on Sports 18’s program “Sports Over the Top”, Styris said:

“It is a wise question. KL Rahul is an easy choice. I believe this was the easiest match-up out of all the ones we could discuss.”

“He was also handed the vice-captaincy, which indicates that he was always the star player in this Indian team’s front row. KL Rahul’s return is fantastic for India because he can truly make the difference on the greatest platform”, he added.

The New Zealand veteran also sympathised with Ishan Kishan for being left out of the side. The former cricketer described the young Indian wicketkeeper-batsman a “great player” who will be feeling disappointed.

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