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Hardik, Axar, Shardul all out of Asia Cup with injury

ESPNCricInfo
20 Sep 2018, 19:42 GMT+10

5:29 AM ET

Injury woes and hectic scheduling have led to Ravindra Jadeja's return to the ODI squad, more than a year since he last featured in a 50-over game for India. He will fly in as a replacement for Axar Patel, who didn't feature in both league games of the Asia Cup so far.

"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 stated.

Meanwhile, Deepak Chahar has been named Hardik Pandya's replacement. Pandya has been ruled out of the remainder of the tournament due to "acute lower back spasms" that he picked up during the game against Pakistan. He was stretchered off after bowling just 4.5 overs and didn't return to field for the rest of the day.

The injury could also put Pandya in doubt for the West Indies series that is set to start six days after the conclusion of the Asia Cup. Given the series is at home, where India usually field two spinners, the team management may not fret over Pandya's injury as they have a ready allround option in Jadeja.

Earlier this month, Jadeja returned to the Indian Test squad after not being picked for the first four Tests. He responded with a match haul of 7 for 258 and a career-best 90 in the first innings.

Meanwhile Chahar, Pandya's replacement, made his India debut during the T20Is against England in July after he was flown in as a late replacement following Japrit Bumrah's finger injury in Ireland. Chahar forced his way into contention after a breakout IPL season for Chennai Super Kings, where he picked up 10 wickets in 12 games at an economy of 7.28. He was also part of India A's limited-overs squad that toured England in June.

India's third change is in the fast bowling department after Shardul Thakur complained of "right hip and groin soreness after the game against Hong Kong." Thakur bowled four wicketless overs, including a 10-ball third over that went for 17 runs. Prior to the game against Hong Kong, Shardul featured in the final ODI of the England series and then warmed the bench in all the five Tests hat followed.

Siddarth Kaul, who was in Dubai until two days ago as a net bowler for the Indian team, is set to return to the UAE in little over 48 hours since he left the country to play for Punjab in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, India's premier domestic 50-over competition. On Wednesday, Kaul picked up 4 for 55 in a match-winning spell for Punjab over Himachal Pradesh. Like Chahar, Kaul also made his ODI debut during the tour of England earlier this year.

All three players, who didn't feature in their team's respective Vijay Hazare matches on Thursday, are expected to arrive in Dubai later in the evening.

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