The Indian cricket team has suffered triple injury blow in the ongoing Asia Cup 2018, with star all-rounder Hardik Pandya, along with Axar Patel and Shardul Thakur set to miss the remainder of the tournament. Deepak Chahar, Ravindra Jadeja and Siddharth Kaul will fly to UAE as their replacement.
Amitabh Chaudhary, acting secretary of BCCI, released a statement on this issue, which read, " The Senior Selection Committee has decided to make three changes to the Indian squad for the ongoing Asia Cup owing to injuries to three members of the team. All-rounder Hardik Pandya suffered an acute lower back spasm during the game against Pakistan and is undergoing treatment and assessment by the BCCI medical team. He will be unavailable for the remainder of the series. Deepak Chahar will replace Hardik Pandya in the squad.
"Left-arm spinner Axar Patel injured his left index finger while fielding in the game against Pakistan. He was sent for scans and the results showed that he had a tendon tear. He will be unavailable for the remainder of the series. Ravindra Jadeja will replace Axar Patel in the squad. Right-arm pacer Shardul Thakur experienced right hip and groin soreness after the game against Hong Kong. He will be unavailable for the remainder of the series. Siddharth Kaul will replace Shardul Thakur in the squad."
The statement further added, "Deepak Chahar, Ravindra Jadeja & Siddharth Kaul will join the team on Thursday."
Pandya suffered his injury during the fixture against Pakistan. The incident took place in the 16th over of the first innings. Pandya, bowling his fourth over, fell down after completing the final delivery of the over. At first, it seemed like a slip, but moments later, the player lied on the pitch in pain. Under the close attention of his teammates, Pandya withered in pain, and a stretcher was called for him.
India will take on Bangladesh in the first match of the Super-4 on September 21, before a rematch against Pakistan on September 23. Their final fixture in this round will be against Afghanistan on September 25.
The tournament will conclude September 28, when the top two teams from the Super-4 will take on each other in the final.=