Shahbaz Ahmed has been named as the replacement for Washington Sundar ahead of the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe. A BCCI release stated that the Bengal all-rounder will join the Indian team shortly.
A key member of the Bengal team, Ahmed had a successful outing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), scoring 219 runs in 16 outings. Partnering with Dinesh Karthik, Ahmed played the role of a finisher in the IPL, thus earning praise from several former cricketers, including legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar.
He has been a consistent performer in the Ranji Trophy as well and those following the developments believe that hard work and consistent performances in the domestic circuit have finally paid off for the 27-year-old.
Sundar injured his shoulder while playing a County game in England and has been ruled out of the Zimbabwe tour.
The youngster had missed out on the domestic season and was also down with Covid-19 ahead of the South Africa tour earlier this year.
In February-March, he missed the white ball home series against West Indies and Sri Lanka because of a hamstring injury. During the IPL in April-May, he split his webbing and missed out on five games for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
However, he featured for a few matches for Lancashire and was chosen for Zimbabwe series.
In the absence of regular captain Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul will be leading the team for the three-match series against Zimbabwe.
India will play the first ODI against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club on August 18, 2022.
India’s squad for 3 ODIs: KL Rahul (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan (vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Deepak Chahar, Shahbaz Ahmed.