5 players who can replace Ravichandran Ashwin in the Indian ODI team ahead of 2019 World Cup
Despite being the highest ranked Indian ODI bowler, Axar Patel wasn’t picked for either the ICC Champions Trophy or the limited-overs series against West Indies. After 30 matches, the left-arm spinner has been incredibly effective and yet hasn’t found a consistent place in the squad.
An economy rate of under 4.5 after 30 matches in which he has picked up 35 at an average of just over 30 highlights just how useful he has been every time he has been given an opportunity in the Indian ODI side. That coupled with his big-hitting lower down the order only makes his omission from not just the starting XI but also the squad all the more surprising.
Still only 23, Axar has plenty of time on his hands and it is only a matter of time before he is given a consistent run to prove himself as one of India's finest spin-bowling all-rounders.