IND vs SL: Ahead of the Asia Cup final against Sri Lanka, Team India suffered a major setback. Star all-rounder Akshar Patel will not be among Team India’s 11 players in the final. In place of Akshar Patel, Washington Sundar has been given a place in Team India for the final. But in the final, Team India will miss both the batting and bowling of Axar Patel.
In the last few years, Akshar Patel has emerged as a big match-winner for India. Akshar has reduced Team India’s problems not only in bowling but also in batting. If we talk about the last game against Bangladesh, Akshar Patel took Team India close to victory. While chasing the target of 266 runs, Team India had lost 7 wickets for 209 runs.
Akshar Patel then took the lead and played a brilliant innings of 42 runs off 34 balls. Akshar’s innings included two sixes and three fours. However, when Akshar tried to hit a big shot, he was out eight balls earlier and India lost the game by six runs. But Akshar has once again proven that he has the ability to bring India back even under pressure.
India will miss him
The pitches in Sri Lanka become increasingly slower as the tournament progresses. In such a situation, Akshar’s bowling could also prove to be a big positive for India. Akshar had already been to Sri Lanka and had a better understanding of the nature of Sri Lankan pitches. It will not be easy for Washington Sundar, who reached Sri Lanka a day before the final, to understand the nature of the pitch in such a short space of time.
India does not have any other spinner apart from Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav. So if the pitch slows down, Sundar will also have to get a place in the playing 11. Sundar’s story was less about playing and more about injuries. Betting on him in the final will prove to be a big risk for India.