India bowling all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja might make a comeback into the ODI side as he is included in the Asia Cup squad. Indian National selectors have announced that Ravindra Jadeja, Siddharth Kaul and Deepak Chahar will replace the injured Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur and Hardik Pandya in the India’s squad for the ongoing Asia Cup in UAE.
Hardik Pandya sustained a lower back spasm while bowling his fifth over in the game against Pakistan. He laid down on the field for quite some time after bowling a delivery and was later stretchered off the field as he was unable to walk. BCCI later confirmed that the all-rounder was able to stand ‘on his feet’ in the dressing room!
In the same game against Pakistan, Axar Patel injured his left index finger while fielding as a substitute player. Pacer Shardul Thakur with soreness in his right hip which he sustained during India’s first game against Hong Kong has also been ruled out of the tournament. He bowled only four overs in that game conceding 41 runs and unfortunately he also remained wicket less against Hong Kong.
“All-rounder Hardik Pandya suffered an acute lower back spasm during the game against Pakistan and is undergoing treatment and assessment by the BCCI medical team. He will be unavailable for the remainder of the series. Deepak Chahar will replace Hardik Pandyain the squad,” BCCI in their media release.
“Left-arm spinner Axar Patel injured his left index finger while fielding in the game against Pakistan. He was sent for scans and the results showed that he had a tendon tear. He will be unavailable for the remainder of the series. Ravindra Jadeja will replace Axar Patelin the squad.”
“Right-arm pacer Shardul Thakur experienced right hip and groin soreness after the game against Hong Kong. He will be unavailable for the remainder of the series. Siddharth Kaul will replace Shardul Thakurin the squad,” concluded the media release.
Ravindra Jadeja’s last appearance in ODIs was against West Indies in July 2017 at Kingston. On a lighter note, he was being neglected by the Indian selectors since his involvement in the run-out of Hardik Pandya in the Champions Trophy final against Pakistan in 2017. However, inclusion of Jadeja in the playing XI will make India a spin-heavy bowling line-up while Deepak Chahar can induce some pace into the side. Deepak can bat as well!
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