This post was last updated on September 27th, 2023 at 10:23 am
In a significant turn of events, the star Indian all-rounder, Axar Patel, has been sidelined for the third match of the ongoing ODI series between India and Australia. Axar has been grappling with a left quadriceps strain, and unfortunately, his recovery has not been swift enough. As a result, the Indian team will embark on their journey to Rajkot for the third ODI without the valuable services of Axar.
Currently, the 29-year-old is in the midst of a rehabilitation process at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. There is a hopeful anticipation that Axar Patel will regain fitness in time for the upcoming ODI World Cup warm-up matches, and subsequently, he will be able to take part in the World Cup itself.
However, if the specter of injury continues to haunt him, it might present a significant opportunity for the seasoned campaigner, Ravichandran Ashwin. Ashwin has been in blistering form against Australia, making a compelling case for his inclusion. The prospect of Ashwin stepping in as a replacement in the World Cup squad seems increasingly plausible.