Axar Patel ruled out of third ODI against Australia; Ashwin’s World Cup chances rise | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: In a development that impacts India’s ODI campaign against Australia and raises questions about the upcoming World Cup squad, all-rounder Axar Patel has been officially ruled out of the third and final ODI of the series, set to be held in Rajkot on September 27. Patel, who sustained a left quadriceps strain during the Asia Cup, has not sufficiently recovered to participate in the crucial match.
A report from Cricbuzz stated that Patel is presently undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru.His absence from the third ODI opens the door for the experienced off-spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin, who recently made a remarkable comeback to the ODI format after a hiatus of one and a half years.
Ashwin’s impressive performance in the series has garnered attention, having secured four wickets from two matches at an economical rate of 5.18, including a vital three-wicket haul that troubled the Australian batting lineup in the Indore fixture.However, the report also noted that there are indications that Axar Patel may be ready to return for the World Cup warm-up matches. This development has left selectors, including Ajit Agarkar and his team, facing a challenging decision. While Ashwin’s chances for inclusion in the World Cup squad appear promising, the selectors have not yet announced a replacement for Axar Patel for the impending Rajkot clash.
In addition to Axar Patel’s unavailability, the report further disclosed that Shubman Gill and Shardul Thakur have been granted rest and will not be part of the Rajkot ODI. Consequently, neither player will be making the transition from Indore to Rajkot.
With India having already secured an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, the return of key players, including captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, and Hardik Pandya, for the third ODI in Rajkot is anticipated to boost the team’s prospects.
This match marks the final international encounter for both India and Australia before they face each other once more in their respective opening matches of the Men’s ODI World Cup, slated for October 8 in Chennai. The absence of Axar Patel underscores the importance of player fitness and selection choices in the lead-up to the prestigious tournament.
(With inputs from IANS)


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