India vs Australia 3rd ODI: Five players from Team India to miss Rajkot ODI. Details here – Magazine Creations

India skipper Rohit Sharma said five players, including in-form Shubman Gill, will not be available for selection for the third ODI against Australia, as the team has been hit by a viral illness and some players have opted to return home.

India, who lead the three-match series 2-0, will have just 13 players to choose from in the final ODI. While Gill is resting, NCA’s Axar Patel is recovering from a left quadriceps injury he sustained during the Asia Cup.

Shubman Gill has been rested for Wednesday’s match, while Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya and Shardul Thakur have all returned home. Axar Patel is still recovering from a hamstring injury.

We have a lot of players who are sick and unavailable, a lot of players have personal issues so they have gone home and a few players have had a break as well.

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“We have 13 players at this time,” Rohit said during the pre-match press conference.

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“Gale has obviously had a rest, Shami, Hardik and Shardul have all gone home… again, personal stuff. Axar is clearly not available for this game,” Rohit said.

Rohit said the viral disease spreading around the group added to the uncertainty.

“There’s a little bit of viral spread within the team as well. So, there’s a lot of uncertainty in the team at this point in time and we can’t help you,” he added.

He added: “Looking at the next few weeks, it is very important for us to look after the players and their well-being.

“So, it’s OK for them to be at home at this stage – the reason is because we want everyone to be fresh during the World Cup and hopefully they can come back refreshed,” he said.

*With agency input

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Updated: Sep 26, 2023, 09:23 PM IST


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