Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016/17: Thumb Injury Prolongs Axar Patel’s Comeback!
With each passing day, Axar Patel is facing a race against time as he has failed to be fit in time for the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016/17 and has not been included in the Saurashtra squad for the 50-over competition.
This further jeopardises his hopes of making a comeback to the national squad as upcoming edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) will be the only competition that he will be playing before the ICC Champions Trophy and has to make a mark in IPL in order to keep his hopes alive for a comeback.
Axar injured himself during the fifth and final Test match against England where he was called in as the cover for Ravindra Jadeja. He was fielding at the boundary ropes when he made an unsuccessful attempt to catch and dismiss Liam Dawson and fell on his thumb, which resulted in an injury to him. This also kept him out of the limited-overs series against England as well.
Jaydev Shah will lead the 16-member Saurashtra squad in the tournament. The squad include Sheldon Jackson as wicket-keeper and also pacer Jaydev Unadkat. Regulars like Kamlesh Makvana, Arpit Vasavada, Hardik Rathore, Chirag Jani and Dharmendrasinh Jadeja have also been given a place in the team.
Saurashtra, which is placed in group D will take on Services in its first game of the tournament in Kolkata.
Saurashtra squad: Jadev Shah (Captain), Arpit Vasavada, Agnivesh Ayachi, Jay Chauhan, Rajdeep Darbar, Harvik Desai, Sheldon Jackson (wk), Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Chirag Jani, Kamlesh Makvana, Prerak Mankad, Kushang Patel, Hardik Rathod, Shaurya Sanandia, Arbar Shaikh, Jaydev Unadkat.
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