Asia Cup 2018: Ravindra Jadeja, Siddarth Kaul to replace injured Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur in India’s ODI squad
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Ravindra Jadeja and Siddarth Kaul will fly to the UAE to link up with India’s ODI squad for the Super Four stage of the 2018 Asia Cup, replacing the injured pair of Axar Patel and Shardul Thakur, CricketCountry has learned.

Left-arm spinner Axar has a thumb injury and pace bowler Thakur has a groin niggle, sources have revealed. CricketCountry understands that the BCCI was forced to look at replacements on short notice, and that the decision to replace Axar with Jadeja, who last played an ODI in July 2017 was taken first.

The news comes soon after the BCCI confirmed that Hardik Pandya was to fly home and that Rajasthan seam bowler Deepak Chahar was his replacement. Pandya injured his back during India’s win over Pakistan on Wednesday, having to be stretchered off the field.

Jadeja played the fifth and final Test in England recently, taking seven wickets and top-scoring with an unbeaten 86 in India’s first innings. Jadeja featured for Saurashtra in their 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy opener against Uttar Pradesh in Delhi on Wednesday, scoring 14 and conceding 62 runs in 10 wicketless overs.

He and R Ashwin were India’s premier spin pair in ODIs and T20Is until the emergence of the wrist-spinning combination of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav last year.

Kaul took 4/55 for Punjab in the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Wednesday, having earlier managed three wickets in four matches for India B in a quadrangular series featuring India A, Australia A and South Africa A. He last played an ODI in England in July when he made his debut. Kaul was one of several bowlers flown to Dubai last week to help bowl at India’s batsmen in the nets.