Deepak Chahar, the Incredible Seamer got himself injured in the practice sessions reportedly. Deepak Chahar had his ankle twisted and sustained during a training session before the first ODI against South Africa in Lucknow. Deepak Chahar wasn’t a part of the Indian playing XI as Shikhar Dhawan’s side lost by nine runs in the opening match with the visitors scoring 250 in just 40 overs.

The seamer was promptly flown to the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, where the Indian cricket board’s medical team will assess the extent of his injury, whether it is serious or not, and whether he could join the team or not in Australia later.

Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar. Image Credits: BCCI

Washington Sundar named as a replacement for Deepak Chahar

Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar. Image Credits: BCCI

Off-spin all-rounder Washington Sundar on Saturday was named as the replacement for fast-bowling all-rounder Deepak Chahar in the remainder of India’s ODI series against South Africa, said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). In its official statement, BCCI added that “Chahar had a stiffness in his back after the third and final T20I against South Africa in Indore and did not feature in India’s Playing XI in the first ODI in Lucknow.”.

As per the BCCI, Chahar, named as one of the four travelling reserves for the T20 World Cup in Australia to be held later in the month, will now head back to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and will be monitored by the Medical Team there. Chahar had made a comeback to international cricket after a gap of six months, caused by a quadriceps tear in February and then a back injury during the rehabilitation for the same, through India’s ODI tour of Zimbabwe in August. He then was named as a reserve player for the Asia Cup and came into the main squad as a replacement for an ill Avesh Khan for India’s Super Four match against Afghanistan.

Washington Sundar Is Also Prone To Injuries

India ODI Squad vs South Africa
India ODI Squad vs South Africa. Image Credits: BCCI

2022 has been a stop-start year for Washington. Testing positive for Covid-19 meant he was forced to miss ODIs against South Africa in January after missing the England tour and the second half of IPL 2021 due to a finger injury. Though he did play ODIs against West Indies at Ahmedabad in February, he was ruled out of subsequent T20Is against them and Sri Lanka due to a hamstring injury.

During IPL 2022, he injured his bowling hand while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad and had to miss a couple of matches. He then underwent rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in June.

India’s ODI squad: Shikhar Dhawan (Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer (vice-captain), Rajat Patidar, Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Shahbaz Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravi Bishnoi, Mukesh Kumar, Avesh Khan, Mohd. Siraj, Washington Sundar.

India will play the second ODI in Ranchi on October 9, 2022, and will play the final ODI of the series in New Delhi on October 11, 2022.

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