The batting all-rounder suffered an acute lower back spasm during the India-Pakistan match on Wednesday. And he had to be stretchered off.
Ravindra Jadeja’s last white-ball appearance for India was in the West Indies in July last year. He returned with 0/27 from 10 overs in the final ODI in Jamaica. Three days later, he played a T20 International at the same venue, conceding 41 runs in 3.3 overs.
On Thursday, the BCCI officially confirmed Hardik Pandya’s unavailability for the rest of the Asia Cup 2018. News about left-arm spinner Axar Patel’s tendon tear in his left index finger. Seamer Shardul Thakur’s hip and groin soreness threw up surprises. According to the Indian cricket board, he picked up the injury while fielding as a substitute against Pakistan. Thakur’s injury happened during the match against Hong Kong.
With the trio getting ruled out, seamers Deepak Chahar & Siddharth Kaul join Jadeja as their replacements & are espected to join squad on thursday.
Chahar who recently made his international debut in England, has seemingle got the call as Pandya’s replacement because of his big hitting abilities as India do not have a like-for-like replacement.