India’s death-over specialist, Harshal Patel will miss the Asia Cup 2022 & is doubtful for the World Cup 2022. India’s pace sensation who is known for myriad bowling styles suffered a side strain that ruled him out of action for a few weeks. The squad for Asia Cup 2022 is expected to be announced on August 8.
Harshal Patel is currently with the Indian team in the US for the five-match T20I series against West Indies. However, the fierce bowler didn’t feature in the first three T20Is & will not play in the remaining two matches as well. The fourth T20I of the series is all set to be played on August 6 in Florida USA.
The side strain makes Harshal Patel doubtful for the T20 World Cup 2022 which is set to be played in Australia in October-November considering the fact that the injury needs four to six weeks to recover. However, if he shows a speedy recovery he might feature in the World Cup 2022, After returning from the USA he will be asked to join the NCA in Bengaluru. Harshal, who has played 17 T20Is since his debut in November last year, has not played since July 10, when India played England at Nottingham.
Deepak Chahar might feature in the Asia Cup 2022
Harshal’s loss becomes Deepak Chahar’s gain as he might get named in India’s Squad for the Asia Cup 2022. Deepak Chahar who has been sidelined due to a hamstring injury since February has recovered now & has been included in India’s three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe later this month. If Deepak performs well in the Zimbabwe series there are chances that he might make it to the Asia Cup 2022 squad.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli & KL Rahul would return for the Asia Cup 2022. Both the star batters have missed the West Indies series due to myriad reasons. KL Rahul has been ruled out due to COVID-19 while Kohli opted out to take rest ahead of the marquee event.
After the completion of the USA leg of the five-match T20I series, Selectors will have a discussion with Rohit Sharma & Rahul Dravid before finalizing the Squad for Asia Cup 2022. The Asia Cup will be held in UAE from August 27 to September 11.
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