Asia Cup 2018

Big Blow for Indian Cricket Team ahead of Asia Cup’s main round

Indian Cricket Team suffered a big blow ahead of Asia Cup’s main round as Three Indian cricketers ruled out of Asia Cup.

India all-rounder Hardik Pandya, pace bowler Shardul Thakur and spinner Axar Patel have all been ruled out for the remainder of the Asia Cup due to injuries.

Pandya injured his back while bowling in India’s clash with Pakistan and was stretchered off the field. He has since been diagnosed with “acute lower back spasms”.

India’s Hardik Pandya is taken out of the field on a stretcher after he fell after bowling a delivery during the one day international cricket match of Asia Cup between India and Pakistan . (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Deepak Chahar, who debuted for India in the T20I Series in England at the end of the summer, has been selected as the replacement for Hardik Pandya.

Chahar is primarily a bowler but has showcased his big-hitting skills in this year’s edition of the IPL when he hit the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers all over the park during a cameo he played during the Playoffs. He was also promoted ahead in the batting order by CSK skipper MS Dhoni to score some quick runs on a few occasions.

While it remains unclear how serious Pandya’s injury is, there is a possibility he could be ruled out of the upcoming Test series against the West Indies, which starts six days after the Asia Cup concludes.

As for Axar, he sustained a finger injury while fielding as a substitute during the game against Pakistan.

He has been replaced by all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who has not played ODI cricket since July 2017.

“Axar injured his left index finger while fielding as a substitute during Wednesday’s clash against Pakistan. Subsequent scans revealed a tendon tear,” a BCCI press release said as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.

Thakur, meanwhile, complained of “right hip and groin soreness after the game against Hong Kong”.

His spot in the team will be taken by seamer Siddarth Kaul, who was in Dubai until two days ago as a net bowler. He will now travel back to the United Arab Emirates with the chance of playing for India.

Chahar, Jadeja and Kaul will join the team later Thursday.

India, who beat Pakistan by eight wickets to top Group A, take on Bangladesh in a Super Four tie on Friday. The Indians will play Pakistan again on Sunday.

India are already without their charismatic skipper Virat Kohli who has been rested for the six-nation tournament.


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