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Shubman Gill and Shardul Thakur Sent Back to India Before the Third ODI Against Australia; Axar Patel Declines: Report

by khushahal vishwakarma
Shardul Thakur

India won comprehensively against Australia by 99 runs in a rain-affected match in Indore on Sunday. Under the captaincy of KL Rahul, the Indian team is on the verge of a clean sweep in the three-match ODI series ahead of the ICC World Cup campaign.

Before this, they had won the first match of the series in Mohali on Friday, shortly after winning the record eighth Asia Cup title. However, in the final match scheduled for September 27 in Rajkot, India will be without two star players – Shubman Gill and Shardul Thakur, who have been granted leave by the team management. They will not travel with the team to Rajkot and will instead join the Indian team for their first practice match in Guwahati during the World Cup campaign.

The Indian team management is working on a plan to give some rest to certain players before the World Cup. Prior to the matches against Australia, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, and Kuldeep Yadav, among others, were given a break for the first two ODIs. Chief selector of the BCCI, Ajit Agarkar, had said about this step, “Fortunately, we got enough cricket to play in the Asia Cup. If not, we would have looked at it differently. Sometimes, people need a mental break more than a physical one. Taking them to a tournament like the World Cup is not a bad thing.”

All four players will be available for the third and final match against Australia at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium. In a statement released on Sunday, the BCCI had informed that star all-rounder Akshar Patel has been excluded from the third match of the ODI series against Australia due to an ongoing quadriceps strain. He is currently recovering at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru.

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While Akshar’s absence has increased the chances of Ravichandran Ashwin playing his third consecutive ODI for India against Australia, the report suggests that selectors hope for Axar’s recovery before the World Cup practice matches. This poses a serious headache for the management, whether to consider Axar’s injury concerns or take Ashwin’s unheralded ODI resurgence into account as they look to fine-tune their squad for the upcoming World Cup.

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