Before the third and the final ODI against Australia, team India has suffered a major setback as the star all-rounder from the team Axar Patel has been ruled out. As it has been known that the cricketer is suffering from a left quadriceps strain and he is not going to recover anytime soon.
India will face Australia in the final match of this three-match ODI series in Rajkot and the team will travel there without the services of Axar Patel. The 29-year-old is presently undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. There are expectations that Axar Patel could make his comeback in time for the upcoming ODI World Cup warm-up matches and he may feature in the World Cup as well.
Nonetheless, should Axar Patel’s injury problems persist, it might create a significant opportunity for the experienced Ravichandran Ashwin. Ashwin gave an outstanding performance against Australia during the second ODI played at Holkar Stadium, Indore. Seeing his performance, Ashwin could be a possible replacement if Axar Patel does not get fit in time.
In the second ODI against Australia India beat Australia by 99 runs from the DLS method. The match was played at Holkar Stadium, Indore on September 24. In this match, both the batting and bowling department of team India shined to a full extent. Star Indian off-spinner who is making his return to the ODI side after years, has made a huge record with his 3/41.
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Indian off-spinner Ashwin got Marnus Labuschagne, David Warner and Josh Inglish. With this, Ashwin now has 144 wickets against Australia in international cricket which is highest by any Indian bowler. Before him this record belonged to Anil Kumble who has a tally of 142 wickets against the Aussies in international cricket.