India will need Axar Patel’s batting at No. 8 in ODI World Cup: Irfan Pathan

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Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan stated that India would need Axar Patel as a No. 8 batter for India while adding that hopefully, the all-rounder will be fit for the ODI World Cup 2023.

Axar was ruled out of the Asia Cup 2023 final after suffering a left quadriceps strain in India’s previous Super Four game against Bangladesh. Despite being named to India’s provisional 15-man World Cup squad, it is unclear whether he will be fully fit and available for the showpiece event.

Pathan also stated that Axar is a better choice at No. 8 than Shardul Thakur and Washington Sundar. He went on to say that Axar has a more diverse set of strokes than even Ravindra Jadeja. Axar Patel has scored 481 runs at an average of 20.04 in 34 ODI innings. He improved as a batter last year, scoring 168 runs in six innings with an average of 42.00 and a strike rate of 120.00.

“He got hit in two or three places, so we don’t know how serious it is. However, he is an extremely fit guy, which means he might recover quicker and it’s not that he is a very aged player. It is extremely necessary for the Indian team to get him fit and come back. I feel India will need his batting at No. 8 because he has shown form on Sri Lankan pitches where it is slightly difficult to bat,” Pathan said during a discussion on Star Sports.

When asked about Axar Patel’s likely replacement if the spin-bowling all-rounder does not recover in time, Piyush Chawla replied: “If Axar Patel doesn’t get fit, we see Washington Sundar only in his place because once he came, he straightaway played in the final of the Asia Cup. It means the team have shown a lot of confidence in him, so Washington Sundar.”

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Sep 18, 2023

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