Captain updates that Shreyas Iyer is close to attaining full fitness.
India captain Rohit Sharma announced on Sunday that Axar Patel, who injured his left quadriceps against Bangladesh, is unlikely to feature in the first two ODIs against Australia starting Friday. It is understood that Axar will head to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for rehabilitation as there will be some changes in the India team for the Australia series.
BCCI said Axar has contracted the virus while leaving him out of the Asia Cup final on Saturday. However, scans showed tear stains. “There is a small tear in the al-Aqsa, I don’t know if it will take a week or 10 days to heal. We will see how the injury progresses. Some people heal quickly and I hope he does too. I’m not sure if he can play in the first two home matches against Australia. But we will see. “Rohit said in the post-match press conference.
In an important statement, Sharma pointed out that R Ashwin is still among them. It is understood that the management team is still worried about the match in Australia. A look into the day-to-day match and World Cup squads They are considering adding an outfielder but are yet to decide whether it will be Washington Sundar or R Ashwin. India felt the need for the control Ashwin provided when things started to slow down in the World Cup.
“As a spinner, Ashwin comes first and I have talked about calling him. Axar was injured in the last period and Washington was also there, so he needs to come and play too. That role is for us. Place in Asian Games camp (Bengaluru) Getting it is good for basketball.
India replaced Aksa, who flew in from Washington Sundar, in the XI on Sunday. Washington was part of the India team in the Asian Games and his immediate inclusion in the starting eleven showed how much India valued his all-round talent. It will be interesting to see who the selectors will be for the series against Australia, where Axar is not available.
Although Axar’s injury is worrying, Rohit clarified that Shreyas Iyer, who suffered a back spasm in the Colombo match, played leg close to the whole body. Shrias trained with the Nets for the last three days but was unable to prepare for the game. “Shreyas couldn’t play this game because he had an issue to mark. I think he did most of the work today. I have to say it’s 99% good right now. But he looked good, he was batting long on and he was fielding and he was down long before we got to him. I don’t think it’s a concern for us,” said Rohit.
For the third ODI against Australia, India will need to rest some key players, including Virat Kohli and Ha Dick Pandya.