IND vs AUS: Massive blow for India as Axar Patel gets ruled out of 3rd ODI
All-rounder Axar Patel got multiple niggles in Asia Cup Super 4 round.
In a major setback for team India before the final ODI against Australia in Rajkot, Axar Patel has been ruled out. Axar missed the first two ODIs as well, and now he is set to miss the final ODI game as well. Spin all-rounder Axar is yet to recover from his niggles. He also missed out on the action in Asia Cup 2023 finals against Sri Lanka in Colombo. Patel is in line to be fit for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in India.
Axar Patel in line to recover for World Cup
Left-arm spinner Axar Patel is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore. India’s World Cup campaign will begin on October 8 against Australia at Chepauk Stadium in Chennai. He is expected to be fit for the mega event beginning next week. Axar got injured while batting against Bangladesh in the super 4 round clash at R. Premadasa Stadium. Washington Sundar was called in as Axar’s replacement for Asia Cup finals.
In another update, some media reports suggest that BCCI decided to rest Shubhman Gill and Shardul Thakur for the final ODI as well. Shubman Gill had a wonderful two games against Australia, while Shardul struggled to find his rhythm. Captain Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will be coming back for the final ODI game in Rajkot, along with Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, and Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah missed the second ODI in Indore.
Ravi Ashwin ready to replace
If Axar Patel fails to make it to World Cup, then it is highly likely that the team management will prefer Ravichandran Ashwin in the squad. Ashwin had two brilliant games against Australia in the series and picked up four wickets in two ODIs. Ashwin picked up three wickets in just seven balls at Holkar Stadium in Indore. Washington Sundar can also be considered, as he was brought in as Axar’s replacement in Asia Cup finals.
Team India won the 3-match series after winning the first two ODIs in Mohali and Indore. Team India decimated Australia in the second ODI by 99 runs using the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method(DLS). They will be looking to whitewash Australians by winning the remaining ODI game at Saurashtra Cricket Stadium in Rajkot on Wednesday. India can make changes in their 15-members squad for World Cup until September 28th.