Axar Patel a spin bowler and all-rounder is given rest in the first test against England as he complained of pain in left knee. Another left arm-spinner Shahbaz Nadeem from Jharkhand and leg-spinner Rahul Chahar from Rajasthan have been included in the squad from standby players.
It was stated in a press release in which the BCCI secretary Jay Shah stated, “Axar Patel has been ruled out of the first Paytm Test against England. The all-rounder complained of pain in his left knee during Team India’s optional training session on Thursday”.
“He is being monitored by the BCCI Medical Team and while his detailed reports are awaited, he will not be available for selection for the opening match,” Shah added in the release.
The spinner Axar Patel was picked in the replacement of all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja who was about to make his Test debut but got replaced due to an injury.
“The All-India Senior Selection Committee has added spinners Shahbaz Nadeem and Rahul Chahar to India’s squad. Both Nadeem and Chahar have been training with Team India as part of the standby group of players,” further stated in the release.