Indian left-arm spinner Axar Patel injured his ankle during the practice session ahead of the first ODI against Australia at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai. As a replacement, Ravindra Jadeja, who was previously rested, has been recalled to the squad.
The All-India Senior Selection Committee made the announcement of the inclusion of Ravindra Jadeja. The Committee went for a like to like replacement as the left-arm spinner Axar was replaced by another left-arm spinner Jadeja.
On the tour of Sri Lanka, after the Test series, Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin were rested for the limited overs series. India went in with 3 young spinners Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal. Three of them did pretty well on the tour and the selection committee decided to stick with these 3 for the Australian series as well.
Axar Patel suffered a left ankle sprain while playing football in the practice session. He didn’t take part in the full-fledged practice session ahead of the first ODI.
It’s not the first occasion when an Indian player got injured while playing football. Rohit Sharma had succumbed to an ankle injury in 2010 in Nagpur when he was set to make his Test debut against South Africa. Consequently, his Test debut was delayed by 3 years as he played for the first time in the longest format of the game in 2013 against West Indies.
Ravindra Jadeja now has a chance to strengthen his place in the core squad for the 2019 ODI World Cup. There were certain doubts about his skills in the format after the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 but now the timely opportunity can do wonders to his claims for a spot in the prestigious tournament.
India’s squad for the first 3 ODIs against Australia
Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami