Will In-Form Gill and Thakur Sit Out in 3rd ODI? Who Will Fill Axar’s Boots at the World Cup ?

Cricket fans are full of excitement as India continues to shine in the ODI series against Australia. But amidst the cheers and victories, there’s a mystery to solve. Will the unstoppable pair of Shubman Gill and Shardul Thakur take a break in the 3rd ODI? And, as Axar Patel is likely to miss the World Cup due to injury, who will step into his place for the World Cup? Let’s talk about this cricketing mystery. 

Resting Gill and Thakur Ahead of World Cup

Will In-Form Gill and Thakur Sit Out in 3rd ODI? Who Will Fill Axar's Boots at the World Cup ?
Resting Gill and Thakur Ahead of World Cup (Image Courtesy of Indian Express)

Shubman Gill, the young talented guy of Indian cricket, has been in sublime form. His recent feat of scoring his sixth ODI century during the second match against Australia was nothing short of spectacular. However, even the brightest stars need a break.

In the upcoming 3rd ODI, Gill and Shardul Thakur will be on rest to charge up for the World Cup. The decision to give rest to these players reflects the team’s commitment to their well-being. Rest ensures they are at their peak when they enter the world stage for the World Cup.

Axar Patel’s injury

Will In-Form Gill and Thakur Sit Out in 3rd ODI? Who Will Fill Axar's Boots at the World Cup ?
Image Courtesy of Abp Live

Now, let’s talk about Axar Patel. An all-rounder known for his versatility, Axar has been a valuable asset to the Indian cricket squad. Unfortunately, his left leg strain picked up during the Asia Cup has temporarily benched him. The haunting question is whether he will recover for the World Cup.

The selectors and the team management are closely monitoring his rehabilitation. He is with NCA right now. His absence from the 3rd ODI signifies a cautious approach. However, it also sparks a conversation about who will do the all-rounder’s role in his absence.

Finding a worthy Replacement for Axar in World Cup

Will In-Form Gill and Thakur Sit Out in 3rd ODI? Who Will Fill Axar's Boots at the World Cup ?
Will Axar Patel recover on time? (Image Courtesy of Free Press Journal)

With Axar out, we need someone to take his place. Ravi Ashwin is a name that naturally comes up. He has proven his skills in the ODI series against Australia, taking important wickets in both Mohali and Indore. And he is a tactical bowler. However, this is a challenging decision.

The selectors and management need clarification. Should they rely on Ashwin’s experience and current form for the World Cup, or should they hold out hope for Axar’s recovery? It’s a decision that demands careful consideration.

BCCI’s Strategy of resting key players.

Will In-Form Gill and Thakur Sit Out in 3rd ODI? Who Will Fill Axar's Boots at the World Cup ?
Image Courtesy of Inside Sports

It’s a vital team approach to managing player workloads. Leading up to the World Cup, they’ve been strategic. They wisely rested key players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, and Kuldeep Yadav during the initial two games against Australia.

BCCI chief selector Ajit Agarkar highlighted the importance of mental freshness, especially in a high-pressure tournament like the World Cup. Cricket isn’t just about physical fitness; it’s also about being mentally fit and maintaining a sharp and focused mind.

Conclusion

As the cricketing world eagerly waits for the final ODI showdown between India and Australia in Rajkot, the absence of Gill, Thakur, and Axar adds excitement to the contest. It’s an opportunity for other players to come forward and showcase their abilities. Cricket often unfolds surprises, and this match promises excitement.

Beyond this ODI series, the match leads to the highly anticipated World Cup. The question arising on Axar’s replacement can only be answered on 28 September. India has to make the right choices on and off the field to win this World Cup at home.

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