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- Mar 21, 2007
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Ashwin is the right choice to replace Axar but India's weak link is Shardul Thakur, who probably wouldn't make the list of either the top 10 batsmen or bowlers in the country but who management seems to play as the fifth/sixth bowler along with Pandya in the first choice XI. None of India's top batsmen bowl and the tail is very long. If India had the confidence that Pandya could be relied on to bowl his 10 overs, it would drastically improve the balance of the side and allow them to include five specialist batsman + Rahul/ Ishaan..,.,.
Offspinner R Ashwin has replaced left-arm spinner Axar Patel in India's final 15 for the 2023 World Cup*. ESPNcricinfo has learned that Axar, who left the Asia Cup with a quadriceps strain, needs at least three more weeks to recover fully.
Today is the deadline for teams to make changes - no questions asked - to their World Cup squads, as per the ICC's regulations. From tomorrow, any further changes will need the consent of the World Cup's technical committee.
This means Ashwin joins Virat Kohli as one of only two players in this squad who also featured in India's 2011 World Cup winning run.
Ashwin's inclusion has come as a surprise, with things changing quickly. He was not part of the 15-man squad announced by the BCCI in late August. At the time, India's chief selector Ajit Agarkar pointed out that while Ashwin was one of the contenders, the selectors and the team management had opted for Axar, whom they felt provided batting depth. In the Asia Cup, when Axar got injured and returned to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, the BCCI drafted Washington Sundar as his replacement.
Both Washington and Ashwin were included three-match ODI series against Australia that followed, which India won 2-1. That series was the first time Ashwin, 37, had played for India in ODIs in 18 months.
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