Hardik, Axar, Shardul out of Asia Cup

Deepak Chahar will be replacing Pandya while Ravindra Jadeja and Siddharth Kaul are in for Axar Patel and Shardul Thakur respectively.

Deepak Chahar is currently playing in Vijay Hazare Trophy for Rajasthan.   -  AP

All-rounder Hardik Pandya being stretchered off during Wednesday's tie against Pakistan wasn't the only injury concern for India's team management ahead of the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup.

In fact, the national selection committee was forced to make three changes to the 16-member squad on the eve of India's opening Super Four tie, against Bangladesh.

Besides Pandya, whose acute lower back spasm is expected to take at least a fortnight to heal, pace bowler Shardul Thakur and left-arm spinner Axar Patel were also ruled out of the remainder of the Asia Cup due to a right groin and left index finger injury, respectively.

A BCCI statement confirmed that swing bowler Deepak Chahar, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and pacer Siddharth Kaul will join the squad as replacements for the triumvirate just in time before Friday's clash.

Sportstar understands that Thakur is likely to recover from his groin niggle in barely a week and will join Mumbai's squad for the latter half of the Vijay Hazare Trophy league stage, Patel may have to wait longer before returning to action.

While Chahar, who made his international debut during the lone T20 in England in July, has been improving as a batsman besides his skills with the ball, Jadeja has been recalled to limited overs' squad almost a year after his last appearance in the blues.

Kaul, interestingly, spent four days bowling to the first batch of India's squad in the nets in Dubai before flying back home two days ago.

Having been acclimatised with the extremely hot conditions in the Emirates, Kaul would fancy himself getting game-time.

While Jadeja would be a handful both with the ball and the ball, Shahbaz Nadeem would feel dejected for yet again missing the cut.

After serving as a net bowler, the Jharkhand left-arm spinner registered the best-ever bowling figures in the history of List A cricket on Friday morning, but it turned out to be too little too late since the national selectors had finalised the replacements early in the morning.

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