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Chief Selector Ajit Agarkar – ‘Will Ravichandran Ashwin replace Axar Patel in India’s World Cup squad’

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Chief Selector Ajit Agarkar – ‘Will Ravichandran Ashwin replace Axar Patel in India’s World Cup squad’: For the forthcoming three-match series against Australia, legendary off-spinner R Ashwin has made a remarkable return to the Indian ODI squad.

If Axar Patel fails to recover in time for the international tournament, his place in the team puts him in direct competition with Washington Sundar for a spot in the World Cup.

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The first two games will be skipper Rohit Sharma’s, senior batsman Virat Kohli’s, all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s, and in-form spinner Kuldeep Yadav’s well-deserved break to ensure the senior players are psychologically fresh for the much awaited World Cup.

K L Rahul will serve as captain for the first two games against Australia, while Rohit Sharma will make a comeback to command a fully prepared team in the third and final ODI, which will take place soon before the World Cup starts on October 5. The roster for the third game essentially includes Ashwin and Washington among the 15 players chosen for the World Cup.

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Ashwin, who last played an ODI in South Africa back in January 2022, could potentially be a last-minute addition to the World Cup squad if Axar fails to recover before the September 28 deadline set by the International Cricket Council.

Axar had suffered a quadriceps tear during the recently concluded Asia Cup in Sri Lanka, which caused him to miss the final match against Sri Lanka on Sunday.

Chief selector Ajit Agarkar stated that both Ashwin and Washington are being considered as potential replacements if Axar fails to recover in time. “There are couple of guys anyways, him and Washington. Look basically, what is being made known to us about Axar’s injury is that he should be okay and call we will make it once we know that but it leaves us with option to check these guys if they need to go that way,” Agarkar told the media during a virtual session.

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“If the need arises, we will look at that way but I don’t think there is any need to speculate right now because we are hoping that Axar is fit,” he added.

Ashwin, who had been excluded from the India ODI squad since the Champions Trophy in 2017, was given another opportunity in January of last year during the ODI series in South Africa.

However, his return to the team was short-lived as he was once again sidelined. Similarly, Ashwin’s T20 career has followed a similar path, with the 37-year-old being dropped from the team after the World Cup in Australia last year.

Additionally, Shreyas Iyer, who has been prone to injuries, was only able to participate in two matches during the Asia Cup due to a back spasm.

Nevertheless, he is now available for all three ODIs.“He got through his batting programme fine and at the moment, he is fit. We hope that he gets through all these three games,” said Agarkar.

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The first One Day International (ODI) match will take place in Mohali on September 22nd, followed by the second match in Indore on September 24th, and the third match in Rajkot on September 27th.

Afterward, India will participate in two World Cup warm-up games against England and Netherlands on September 30th and October 3rd, respectively, in Guwahati and Trivandrum. Finally, India will kick off their tournament by facing Australia in Chennai on October 8th

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IPL 2024: Sachin Tendulkar Amazed by SRH’s Outstanding Shows Against DC

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Sachin Tendulkar Amazed by SRH’s Outstanding Shows Against DC: The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024’s most vicious teams are the Surisers Hyderabad (SRH). Every time the Orange Army plays a group stage game, they break records, led by the recently appointed Pat Cummins.

Their most recent victory was on Saturday night when they defeated Delhi Capital by an enormous margin of 67 runs in their own turf. This was their third 250-plus total in the current competition.

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Abhishek Sharma and Travis Head, the openers, mounted an attack on the DC bowlers, amassing 131 runs for the first wicket in the Powerplay alone. With six sixes and eleven boundaries in a 32-ball performance of 89, the Australian batsman top-scored.

All-rounder Shabaz Nadeem made a half-century down the order to help the SRH record 266/7 in 20 overs.

DC responded by attempting to match SRH’s ferocity with a few early pyrotechnics. Abhishek Porel added a 22-ball 42 to help his team gain a fast start in the massive chase, which was spearheaded by Jake Fraser-McGurk’s 15-ball half-century.

With five balls remaining, the hosts were dismissed for 199 after running out of steam due to their dismissals.

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Sunrisers’ exploits continue to surprise the experts of the game. Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar heaped huge praise on the Cummins & Co. for their all-round show in Delhi on Saturday.

“What is it with @SunRisers that they’ve gotten past 260 thrice in this season alone! Today was a game where they completely outclassed @DelhiCapitals. They, of course, batted well thanks to a mind-boggling start by @travishead34 & @IamAbhiSharma4 and a wonderful finish by Shahbaz. And in the 2nd half of the game, they bowled much better than DC, with their variations proving to be very effective. Well played, SRH,” Tendulkar wrote on X.

Captain of DC Rishabh Pant said his team was practically playing catch up the entire time after Sunrisers Hyderabad produced a massive “power play” by hammering 125 runs to set a new IPL record.

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“I think power play was the difference. We were just catching up throughout the match. That was the massive difference. Hopefully, we will come back with more thought process and clear mindset,” said Pant.

“The only thought process behind that (deciding to bowl first) was we thought there would be some dew but it didn’t come. I thought if we could restrict them to 220-230, we would be in with a chance,” he added.

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T20 World Cup India’s Squad 2024: 8 Cricketers Who will miss Selection from 2022 Squad

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T20 World Cup India’s Squad 2024: The BCCI is going to announce the deadline to reveal the T20 World Cup Squad. However, India’s Squad for 2024 edition will become key point.

Many social media reports claims that at least 10 cricketers have been earmarked as a sure-shot selection in the squad while there are still quite a few spots up for grabs.

Interestingly, given that the World Cup is being held in the USA and the West Indies, India may be bringing a big team, adding five players to the existing 15-man roster.

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India has not taken home a trophy since the competition’s inception in 2007 and has only advanced to the final once, in Bangladesh in 2014, where they were defeated by Sri Lanka.

India was destroyed by eventual victors England in the semi-final of the most recent edition, which was held in Australia in 2022, losing by a 10-wicket margin.

It’s interesting to note that at least seven players from India’s 2022 T20 World Cup roster may be traveling to the Caribbean this time, while at least eight other players have either lost favor or are injured.

Here are some of the players from India’s T20 World Cup 2022 roster that might not make the team for the T20 World Cup 2024.

India’s T20 World Cup 2022 squad was this:

Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Harshal Patel

From the above squad, the skipper Rohit Sharma will travel to the Caribbean at the same capacity while Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Arshdeep Singh are more or less certain to feature in this edition as well barring any injuries.

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But players like Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Deepak Hooda have lost the selectors’ favour and aren’t even in the running to be included in the team for the 2024 T20 World Cup.

With Kuldeep Yadav’s comeback, Ravichandran Ashwin, who was a member of the 2022 squad, is also probably going to be left out.

In large part due to Ravindra Jadeja’s disqualification from the competition, Axar Patel managed to secure a spot in the 2022 edition. Jadeja is fit this time around, and even though his play hasn’t exactly lit the IPL 2024 stage on fire, it seems almost a given that the Saurashtra all-rounder will make the team.

Though he won the Purple Cap in 2022 and is India’s top wicket-taker in Twenty20 Internationals, Yuzvendra Chahal is an intriguing choice because he hasn’t participated in a single Twenty20 World Cup for his country.

Strangely, despite being selected for the 2022 edition, he did not appear in the playing XI at all throughout the competition. He was not selected for the 2020 edition.

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Pacer Mohammad Shami is another player who will be missing out. He has had surgery to treat his injury, and BCCI secretary Jay Shah has indicated that he may be back for the Bangladesh Test.

Nonetheless, Mohammad Siraj, who will replace Harshal Patel in the previous team, and Jasprit Bumrah, who had an injury during the 2022 edition, will be included in the 2024 roster.

One other name that could miss out from the 2022 squad is Dinesh Karthik. But with the kind of form he is in for RCB as a finisher, it will be very intriguing to see if DK’s final mad dash earns him a spot this year as well.

Expected Squad for T20 World Cup 2024:

Rohit Sharma (C), Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Shivam Dube, Hardik Pandya (VC), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Siraj, Avesh Khan, Sanju Samson (WK), Shubman Gill

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