Deepak Chahar, India’s alternate wing bowler for Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been battling with injuries of late. Despite getting to play in the T20I series against Australia and South Africa, Chahar, once again missed out on the first ODI against the Proteas on October 6, Thursday. It was reported that the pacer will miss out on the rest of the ODI series due to a twisted ankle.
The Indian pacer was on the standby list for the 20-20 World Cup 2022 and this injury can come as a headache for the selectors. For the unversed, India is dealing with injury blows and the team led by Rohit Sharma reached Australia in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah.
Reports suggest that India’s other lead pacer, Mohammed Shami, might take on the world in the 20-20 World Cup 2022 as the replacement for Bumrah. In other news, Mukesh Choudhary, who fared well in the Indian T20 League 2022, and Chetan Sakariya, have been added as cover for the mega event in Australia.
Team India reaches Australia ahead of 20-20 World Cup 2022
As it stands, Men in Blue have reached Australia to take part in the 20-20 World Cup 2022. The Indian team will take on Pakistan in their first outing at the tournament at Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 23.
Ahead of the tournament, former India coach Ravi Shastri opened up on the injury woes and said that it can’t be avoided. Highlighting the hectic schedule that players have, Shastri said that the Indian team can still win the title despite not having lead pacer Bumrah in the squad.
“There’s so much cricket is being played, and people get injured. Bumrah is injured, but it’s an opportunity for somebody else. There is nothing you can do with injury,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Shastri as saying.
“I think we have got enough strength and we have a good team. I have always believed if you make it to the semi-finals, it could be anyone’s tournament. The endeavour would be to start well, get to the semis, and then you have got enough strength to probably win the [World] Cup, for all you know,” he added further.