Last update: August 06, 2022, 23:32 IST
India pacer Harshal Patel is suffering from a side strain and will miss the Asia Cup and is doubtful for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia.
The Indian squad for the Asia Cup is expected to be announced on August 8 and Harshal, who is known for bowling versatility and trickery, will not be considered for the selection. The 31-year-old fast bowler is currently with the Indian team. The West Indies and the US are on tour for a five-match T20I series but none of the four matches have been played so far.
According to a Cricbuzz report, the side strain injury will require four to six weeks of rest and rehabilitation and Herschel’s chances of participating in the World Cup will depend on how quickly he recovers and returns from the US. He will be asked to join the National Cricket Academy (NCA).
Herschel, who has played 17 T20Is since his debut in November last year, has not played since July 10 when India faced England in Nottingham. His absence could give a better chance to Deepak Chahar, who has been sidelined since February with a hamstring injury but has been picked for the three-day Zimbabwe series later this month.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul are also set to return to the mix for the Asia Cup in UAE from August 27 to September 11. Notably, both Kohli and Rahul have missed the West Indies series for different reasons — Rahul was sick with Covid-19 and Kohli asked for the rest.
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