The third and final ODI between Australia and India will not be played with Axar Patel. The India all-rounder, who has a left quadriceps strain and was conditionally selected for the Rajkot ODI, isn’t healthy enough to be a member of the team, according to Live Cricket Score. He is presently receiving treatment at Bengaluru’s National Cricket Academy (NCA).
The absence of Axar gives reason for optimism that Ravichandran Ashwin, who has taken Axar’s place, would be able to play in the World Cup. In the first two one-day internationals, Ashwin has performed exceptionally well, claiming four wickets and, more significantly, exhibiting elite bowling abilities that have seemingly plagued Australian hitters, particularly during the encounter in Indore on Sunday. His selection for the World Cup team has been demanded as a result of this. Axar, who was chosen ahead of Ashwin, is on pace to make a return to the Indian team well in advance of the World Cup, according to sources within the BCCI.
Axar might be prepared for the World Cup exhibition matches. This might put Ajit Agarkar & Co. in a difficult situation. The selectors have yet to name a substitute for Axar for the forthcoming game, but Ashwin’s chances currently look good.