Indian ODI squad has suffered a big bow as a senior fast bowler, Deepak Chahar will be expected to miss the remaining two games due to a twisted ankle sustained during a training session before the first match against South Africa in Lucknow. Chahar wasn’t a part of the Indian playing XI as Shikhar Dhawan and his men suffered a loss by nine runs in the opening match with the visitors scoring 250 in just 40 overs.
One of the anonymous sources of PTI, close to the team management informed, “Deepak has sustained a twisted ankle but it’s not too serious. However, a few days of rest might be advisable. So it will be team management’s call if they would like to risk Deepak as he is on T20 World Cup standby list. In any case, if there is a requirement there, it would be a priority.”
As of now, Jasprit Bumrah’s most likely replacement in the T20 World Cup squad is Mohammed Shami, who is slowly and surely getting match-fit and is expected to fly to Australia within the next three to four days.
Explaining the same, the source added, “Mohammed Shami, if fit, was always going to be the first replacement as that’s the closest Indian team can get in terms of sheer quality. He will be joining sometime next week.”
Last year’s find of Chennai Super Kings, left-arm seamer Mukesh Choudhary of Maharashtra and Saurashtra’s Chetan Sakariya has already joined the Indian squad as net bowlers for the T20 World Cup in Australia. It is understood that since most teams have a left-arm fast bowler in their ranks and India’s Arshdeep Singh will need rest between the matches, Mukesh and Chetan have accompanied the team for the Perth leg of the tour.
Confirming the same, the source said, “Mukesh and Chetan flew in with the team yesterday. As of now, they will be with the team for the Perth leg where India are supposed to play a couple of practice games.”
As per India’s training schedule in Perth, they will have three days of rigorous training for five hours between 11 am to 4 pm on October 8, 9, and 12, while on October 10 and 13, a couple of T20 warm-up games will be held.