Shardul Thakur, the fast bowling all-rounder replaced Axar Patel for India’s main squad for T20 World Cup. The 29-year-old has played 22 T20Is and has taken 31 wickets for India. He has a strike of 197.14 in the five innings he played. He plays first-class cricket for Mumbai and has been a member of Chennai Super Kings since 2018.
Thakur has been impressed with his 18 wickets in the ongoing IPL for Chennai Super Kings. Axar Patel, the spin-bowling all-rounder, will now join the list of standby players.
“The All-India Senior Selection Committee after a discussion with the team management has added Shardul Thakur to the main squad. All-rounder Axar Patel, who was part of the 15-member squad will now be on the list of standby players,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah said.
“The selectors felt that they were one pacer short and also with Hardik Pandeya not bowling, they needed an all-rounder in the main squad,” says Sources.
In their release, BCCI confirmed that Avesh Khan, Umran Malik, Harshal Patel, Lukman Meriwala, Venkatesh Iyer, Karn Sharma, Shahbaz Ahmed and K Gowtham would all also be a part of the bio-bubble to assist the squad in the preparations for the T20 World Cup.
India will open their campaign on October 24 against Pakistan in UAE.
Virat Kohli (captain)
Rohit Sharma (vice-captain)
Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper)
Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Axar Patel.
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