SHOCKING: Samson Axed, Rahul’s Stunning Comeback, and Bumrah’s Surprising Triumph – India’s Asia Cup Drama Unveiled!

Sanju Samson has been released from the Indian Asia Cup squad as his presence is no longer required. This decision was taken by the Indian team management after KL Rahul reentered the squad ahead of the Super 4 stage of the tournament. Initially, Samson was chosen as Rahul’s backup due to Rahul’s unavailability for the group-stage matches against Pakistan and Nepal due to a minor injury. However, Rahul made a successful recovery and was given the green light to rejoin the Indian squad following clearance from the National Academy Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.

In his first training session with Team India after a prolonged injury layoff, Rahul spent an extended period batting in the indoor nets in Colombo. Some raised eyebrows as he did not engage in wicket-keeping during this session. However, this was primarily due to space constraints in the indoor net area, and there were no concerns about his fitness as he moved gracefully while batting.

Any doubts about Rahul’s fitness were dispelled the following day when he kept wickets for nearly 90 minutes under the floodlights. Favorable weather conditions on that day allowed the Indian players to practice outdoors at the R Premadasa Stadium in preparation for their Super 4 opener against Pakistan on Sunday.

It has been reliably reported that once Rahul rejoined the team and demonstrated his fitness in the nets, Samson, who is not part of India’s World Cup squad, was sent back home.

However, Rahul’s extended wicket-keeping practice prevented him from getting an opportunity to bat, as the practice session was cut short due to rain.

In other training developments, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Axar Patel, and other players who had skipped the optional indoor session on Thursday trained with full intensity on Friday, weather permitting. According to Sports Today, Bumrah bowled exceptionally well, even getting the better of Rohit and Kohli on a few occasions.

India’s other two leading pacers, Shami and Siraj, had extensive sessions, and Axar Patel worked on his batting skills.

Freelance sports journalist Vimal Kumar reported that India placed special emphasis on providing batting practice to lower-order batsmen. Players like Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, and Bumrah spent significant time with the batting coach to improve their skills. The inability of India’s bowlers to contribute crucial runs in the latter stages of innings has been a major concern in recent months.

Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma, although not in contention for a spot in the XI, bowled a few overs, signaling a change in mindset within the Indian camp.

Additionally, special attention was given to training against left-arm seamers, keeping in mind the threat posed by Pakistan’s speedster, Shaheen Shah Afridi, who took four wickets in the group stage match against India.

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