Chahar replaces Avesh in India's Asia Cup squad

Avesh is yet to fully recover from the bout of fever he had before India's Super 4 game against Pakistan

Shashank Kishore
Shashank Kishore
06-Sep-2022 • Updated on 08-Sep-2022
Deepak Chahar ran through Zimbabwe's top order on his comeback, Zimbabwe vs India, 1st ODI, Harare, August 18, 2022

Deepak Chahar made his comeback from injury with the ODI tour of Zimbabwe last month  •  Associated Press

Deepak Chahar has replaced Avesh Khan in India's Asia Cup squad as the latter is yet to fully recover from the illness he was diagnosed with last week.*
Avesh is currently under the supervision of BCCI's medical staff in Dubai, where the team is based, and has been advised rest. He was ruled out of India's Super 4 match against Pakistan on Sunday after complaining of a fever, but India coach Rahul Dravid had expected him to be available for the later games in the tournament.
Meanwhile, Chahar has been a regular at India's net sessions over the past 12 days in Dubai. On Tuesday, he went through an extended bowling session beside the main square before the start of India's game against Sri Lanka. His session was keenly monitored by bowling coach Paras Mhambrey.
Chahar himself is slowly returning to competitive cricket following a long rehabilitation for a quadricep injury, which he had suffered in February. During rehab, he ended up injuring his back and had to miss the IPL, where he was one of Chennai Super Kings' costliest buys. He returned to cricket after a gap of six months for the ODI tour of Zimbabwe last month. Chahar played two of the three games there, where he picked up five wickets, including 3 for 27 in his comeback game.
Avesh featured in both of India's group-stage games in the Asia Cup but proved expensive. He conceded 72 runs across six overs in the two games he played, including 1 for 53 in the 40-run win against Hong Kong. Avesh has so far featured in 13 T20Is in which he has picked up 15 wickets at an economy of 9.10.
1050 Sept 8, 2022 The copy was updated after the BCCI confirmed the replacement.

Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo