Ruled out of ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, what is Axar Patel up to now?
Axar Patel suffered a torn quad in Asia Cup 2023 game against Bangladesh.
Axar Patel was probably the unluckiest cricketer, as he missed the opportunity to participate in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 for Indian team. Axar Patel had more or less confirmed his spot in Indian squad with his performances.
However, he suffered a quad tear during Bangladesh match in Asia Cup 2023 tournament, which was a just before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. Axar had done well in the tournament, and this injury was a huge blow for the all-rounder. Initially, it was thought that Axar would get fit in time.
A quadriceps strain is a painful and debilitating injury, often resulting from an acute stretch of the muscle or forceful contraction. Recovery typically requires rest, ice, compression, and elevation, along with proper rehabilitation over a period of 4-6 weeks.
However, it was not to be, as Indian contingent included Ravi Ashwin when they travelled to Guwahati for the warm-up match before the World Cup began. India announced that Axar Patel’s injury will take time to heal, and his recovery time meant that Ravi Ashwin was replacing Axar in Indian squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2023.
What is Axar Patel doing now?
Axar Patel underwent a lengthy rehab at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. He was seen at the birthday celebration of Rishabh Pant at the NCA and also shared some photos from the same on social media.
Recently, he made his on-field return for Gujarat in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy. The all-rounder played for Gujarat in their match against Punjab at the JSCA Oval Ground in Ranchi. Axar finished with fantastic numbers of 4-0-30-0 on a great pitch to bat on. Despite failing to take a wicket, he kept the batters at bay.
Axar, gave up only 10 runs in his first two overs before giving away 20 in his following two. With the bat, Axar scored a fighting 27-ball 52, but couldn’t win the game for his team against Punjab. It was Axar’s first match since Asia Cup 2023 super four encounter versus Bangladesh.