Asia Cup: Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Shardul ruled out; Ravindra Jadeja, Chahar, Kaul named replacements

Indian team has suffered a triple blow ahead of the start of the super-four stage of Asia Cup 2018 as Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel and Shardul Thakur have been ruled out of the tournament due to injuries. They have been replaced by Deepak Chahar, Ravindra Jadeja and Siddharth Kaul. Axar is suffering from a finger injury while Thakur has been ruled out due to a hip and groin soreness. The former was making his comeback to the ODI side and was a strong contender to be named in the playing XI in one of the games, considering the conditions in UAE.

However, his comeback has come to an abrupt end. Thakur, on the other hand, played the first game against Hong Kong but was dropped for the contest against Pakistan as Pandya made his comeback to the playing XI.

Comeback man Ravindra Jadeja has been recalled to the ODI side after a period of one year. He was last selected in the ODI team for first three ODIs against Australia last year. The all-rounder was dropped from the side as soon as Axar was declared fit for the last two games. Jadeja’s last ODI came against West Indies in July 2017.

Kaul, third incoming player, was a part of the limited-overs team in England and played two ODIs before being replaced by Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the third game, where the right-arm pacer made his comeback in the playing XI.

Chahar, Pandya’s replacement, has played one T20I against England. This is his maiden ODI call-up. Pandya is suffering from acute lower back spasm. The 24-year-old suffered the injury during Wednesday’s tie against Pakistan where he fell onto the ground during his followthrough.

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