Asia Cup 2022: Deepak Chahar to Replace Avesh Khan

The Indian team’s primary fast bowler Avesh Khan was diagnosed with fever and some other illness. Earlier this week, right before the clash against Pakistan, the news of him being unwell came out. Avesh, thus, missed the important game due to a fever. It was then expected that the pacer would recover in time for the next match but was then sadly ruled out of the Asia Cup 2022. Deepak Chahar was one of the 3 reserved players alongside Shreyas Iyer and Axar Patel. After Jadeja’s injury Axar was included in the main team and now Deepak Chahar too.

Talking to PTI, one of the BCCI officials said, “Avesh has a fever and he has also got sinus-related problems which have escalated post-illness. It will not be possible for him to take a further part in the tournament. Deepak Chahar is already there and he will be drafted in THE main squad.”

Deepak Chahar to continue for India in the rest of the Asia Cup 2022 games

Player injuries are currently one of the biggest challenges the BCCI as well as management is facing. Right at the start of this year, Deepak Chahar was injured, followed by Suryakumar Yadav during and KL Rahul after IPL. This list then continues with Harshal Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, and now Avesh Khan. With the World Cup right around the corner, the team cannot afford any other players to get injured.

He may play for the team in their last game of Asia Cup 2022 versus Afghanistan. Deepak Chahar, made his comeback this year with the Zimbabwe tour. In the first game that he played in nearly 6 months, in his 7 overs, he picked up 3 wickets by giving just 27 runs. Deepak’s ability to take wickets will be the key factor for India going ahead. After coming back from the injury, opener KL Rahul has been looking out of touch. Despite getting opportunities, he is constantly failing to capitalize on those. As for Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel, the duo is training hard at NCA and will hopefully be fine by the start of the tournament.

The men in blue will play 2 T20I home series against Australia and South Africa before taking off to Australia to participate in the T20 World Cup. The management will want to play their full-strength team in both the series as a final practice before the big tournament. It has been a long time since India has won any ICC tournament. They will perhaps now want to end the trophy drought under the new coach-captain duo. The final squad for the World Cup will be announced soon.

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