Axar Patel has been ruled out of the ODI against Rajkot.

Axar is suffering from a left quadriceps strain.

Axar Patel will miss the third and final ODI against Australia. Cricbuzz understands that the India all-rounder, who has a left quadriceps strain and was conditionally selected for the Rajkot ODI, has not recovered sufficiently to be included in the squad. He is currently undergoing rehabilitation at Bengaluru’s National Cricket Academy (NCA).

The absence of Axar raises hopes that Ravichandran Ashwin, who has replaced the left-arm spinner, will be able to play in the World Cup. Ashwin has been in excellent form in the first two ODIs, taking four wickets and, more importantly, displaying top-tier bowling skills that have seemingly troubled Australian batters, particularly during the match in Indore on Sunday. This has prompted calls for him to be named to the World Cup squad.According to BCCI sources, Axar, who was chosen ahead of Ashwin, is on track to return to the Indian team in time for the World Cup.

The absence of Axar raises hopes that Ravichandran Ashwin, who has taken Axar’s place, will be able to compete in the World Cup. In the first two ODIs, Ashwin has been in excellent form, taking four wickets and, more importantly, displaying top-tier bowling skills that have seemingly troubled Australian batters, particularly during the match in Indore on Sunday. As a result, there have been calls for him to be named to the World Cup squad.Axar, who was chosen ahead of Ashwin, is expected to return to the Indian team in time for the World Cup, according to BCCI sources.

The development of Axar Patel coincides with the national selectors resting Shubman Gill and Shardul Thakur for the Rajkot game. As a result, neither of them will be traveling from Indore to Rajkot.

The return of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, who were rested for the first two games of the current three-match series, will also help the team. Jasprit Bumrah, who was rested following the first ODI in Mohali and did not travel to Indore, is expected to rejoin the team in Rajkot on September 27, where the third and final ODI against Australia is scheduled.

Selectors must name the final 15-man World Cup squad by September 27. The India and Australia teams will depart Indore for Rajkot on Tuesday afternoon. The home team is 2-0 in the three-game series.