India vs Sri Lanka: Axar Patel replaces Shardul Thakur as India take field for 3rd successive day in Asia Cup

by The Technical Blogs


Almost 15 hours after thrashing Pakistan by 228 runs, India are back at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo for the third successive day, where they have won the toss and elected to bat in their second game of the Asia Cup Super Four stage against an unchanged Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

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“We are going to have a bat. That’s the challenge you come across as a sportsman, different challenges thrown at you as a player and as a team. We ensured everyone got into the pool after the game last night. They are fresh as we had five days off before these two games,” Rohit said on playing for the third straight day.

“Last game was good for us, we batted well and then came out to defend the total with some good bowling. But again this is a new day and a fresh game. The pitch looks different, looks a lot drier and there’s no grass and hence we bring in Axar for Shardul. It might assist the spinners but we also have three quality pacers,” Rohit added.

Despite being on the field for the third successive day, India made only one change to their playing XI, adding Axar Patel as the third spinner in place of pace-all-rounder Shardul Thakur.

Meanwhile, India’s middle order batter Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the game against Sri Lanka due to a back spasm that forced him to miss the previous match against Pakistan. According to the most recent medical update from the BCCI, the Mumbai batter has been advised to rest and will not travel to the stadium for the game against Sri Lanka.

India Playing 11: Rohit Sharma(c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul(w), Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj

Sri Lanka Playing 11: Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis(w), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka(c), Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana

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Sep 12, 2023


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