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India all-rounder Hardik Pandya, pace bowler Shardul Thakur and spinner Axar Patel have all been ruled out for the remainder of the Asia Cup due to injuries.
Pandya injured his back while bowling in India’s clash with Pakistan and was stretchered off the field. He has since been diagnosed with “acute lower back spasms”.
Pace bowler Deepak Chahar has been called up as his replacement.
While it remains unclear how serious Pandya’s injury is, there is a possibility he could be ruled out of the upcoming Test series against the West Indies, which starts six days after the Asia Cup concludes.
As for Axar, he sustained a finger injury while fielding as a substitute during the game against Pakistan.
He has been replaced by all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who has not played ODI cricket since July 2017.
“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 said as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
Thakur, meanwhile, complained of “right hip and groin soreness after the game against Hong Kong”.
His spot in the team will be taken by seamer Siddarth Kaul, who was in Dubai until two days ago as a net bowler. He will now travel back to the United Arab Emirates with the chance of playing for India.