In a significant turn of events ahead of the third and final ODI clash between India and Australia, the Indian team has received a massive update regarding the playing XI. Axar Patel, the talented all-rounder, has been ruled out of the upcoming match, paving the way for Ravichandran Ashwin to continue his impressive performance in the series.
Axar Patel’s Injury Woes Persist
Axar Patel, known for his prowess with both bat and ball, has been struggling with an injury that has kept him out of action for an extended period. This injury saga began during the Asia Cup 2023, where he suffered a left quadriceps strain while batting in a crucial clash against Bangladesh. As a result, Axar missed the first two ODIs against Australia and was conditionally selected for the third ODI in Rajkot.
However, the latest reports suggest that Axar Patel’s injury hasn’t sufficiently healed to allow his participation in the final ODI. The decision to rule him out appears to be a precautionary measure aimed at ensuring his fitness for the forthcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, hosted in India.
Ravi Ashwin’s Impressive Stint Continues
While Axar Patel’s absence is undoubtedly a setback for the Indian team, the continued presence of veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin serves as a silver lining. Ashwin has made a remarkable return to white-ball cricket and has played a pivotal role in the ongoing ODI series against Australia.
In the series, Ashwin has demonstrated his value as a spinner, picking up crucial wickets and maintaining steady control over his deliveries. His performance in the series has showcased his ability to adapt to the limited-overs format seamlessly.
India’s Dominance in the ODI Series
Despite the challenges posed by Axar Patel’s injury and the reshuffling of the playing XI, Team India has displayed remarkable dominance in the ongoing three-match series against Australia. The team secured victories in the first two ODIs held in Mohali and Indore, clinching the series with a match to spare.
The second ODI, held in Indore, saw India secure a convincing 99-run victory using the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method (DLS). This resounding win underscores India’s exceptional form with both bat and ball, even in the absence of key players.
Ravi Ashwin’s Role in the Series
Ravichandran Ashwin’s role in the series has been particularly notable. He has contributed significantly with the ball, claiming crucial wickets and maintaining pressure on the Australian batsmen. In the second ODI, hosted at the Holkar Stadium in Indore, Ashwin produced a spectacular performance, securing three wickets in just seven balls.
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This remarkable display of skill and control has solidified Ashwin’s position as a valuable asset in India’s limited-overs squad. His ability to provide breakthroughs and restrict opposition runs has added depth to India’s bowling attack.
The Path Forward for Team India
As the third and final ODI against Australia approaches, India is keen to maintain its winning streak and achieve a whitewash against the visiting team. The team’s comprehensive victories in the series thus far reflect their prowess in ODI cricket and their ability to perform at the highest level.
With Ravichandran Ashwin set to continue in the playing XI for the final ODI, India will look to capitalize on his impressive form and secure another victory. The team remains flexible and has the option to make changes in the 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 until September 28th.
While Axar Patel’s unavailability is a setback, the team’s approach seems centered on ensuring his complete recovery for the World Cup. The final ODI promises to be an exciting showdown in Rajkot, offering fans another opportunity to witness high-quality cricket as India prepares for the upcoming global cricketing extravaganza.