Asia Cup 2022: Big Blow to India Ahead of the Pakistan Clash, Star Allrounder Sustained Injury
In a big blow to India ahead of the Super Four stage of the ongoing Asia Cup 2022, star allrounder Ravindra Jadeja has sustained a knee injury which has riled him out of the remainder of the continental tournament being played in the UAE. Jadeja will be replaced in the squad by allrounder Axar Patel.
In a brief statement on Friday, the BCCI made the announcement saying Jadeja is currently under the supervision of its medical team.
“The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Axar Patel as the replacement for Ravindra Jadeja in the ongoing Asia Cup,” the statement read.
“Jadeja has sustained a right knee injury and is ruled out of the tournament. He is currently under the supervision of the BCCI medical team,” it added.
Axar, a left-arm spinner and left-hand batter, was earlier named as one of the standbys in the squad and will join the team in Dubai soon.
India’s squad for Asia Cup: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan
Asia Cup 2022: Pakistan will meet India, who topped Group A, on Sunday.
Pakistan set up a second showdown against arch-rivals India in as many weeks with a record 155-run win over Hong Kong in a must-win Asia Cup match in Sharjah on Friday. Mohammad Rizwan had to work hard for his 78 off 57 balls as Pakistan got a much-needed final flourish to post 193 for two against Hong Kong.
Hong Kong were simply blown away in the run-chase with Pakistani attack proving to be too good for them. Their innings folded up for just 38 in 10.4 overs, sending Pakistan into the Super 4s as the second placed team from Group A. It was Pakistan’s biggest win in the shortest format. Pakistan will meet India, who topped Group A, on Sunday.
Hong Kong had shown a bit of potential with the bat against India but they simply surrendered to the Pakistani attack. It was a procession after Naseem Shah struck twice in the third over of the innings. Then it was the turn of the spinners, Shadab Khan (4/8) and Mohammad Nawaz (3/5), to do the damage as they shared seven wickets.