In a significant development ahead of the Asia Cup 2023 final, the Indian cricket team is all set to welcome the return of off-spinning all-rounder Washington Sundar. This crucial addition to the squad comes as India prepare to face Sri Lanka in the tournament’s summit clash at the iconic R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.
Axar Patel’s injury opens the door for Washington Sundar
As reported by Cricbuzz, the decision to bring in Washington comes in the wake of an unfortunate injury to fellow all-rounder Axar Patel. Axar, who had played a pivotal role in India’s journey to the final, sustained a niggle during the dead rubber match against Bangladesh. The injury occurred when he attempted a dive at the striker’s end during India’s chase.
Washington’s inclusion in the squad is expected to bolster India’s chances in the final. Known for his ability to contribute with both bat and ball, Washington brings a versatile skill set to the team. His off-spin bowling has proven effective in various conditions, and he is no stranger to delivering crucial performances with the bat when the team needs it the most.
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Axar Patel’s heroic effort in the clash against Bangladesh
Despite his injury, Axar put up a valiant effort in the match against Bangladesh. His left-handed batting prowess was on full display as he fought alongside Shubman Gill, who scored a remarkable century. Axar’s well-made 42 runs came off just 34 balls, embellished with 3 fours and 2 sixes. His determined effort helped keep India in contention, but they eventually fell short by a mere 6 runs in a thrilling contest.
Notably, India had already secured their place in the final, making the encounter against Bangladesh more about fine-tuning their performance and experimenting with the lineup.