WI vs. IND 2022 | Harshal Patel ruled out of third T20I with rib injury

Harshal Patel has been confirmed unavailable for the upcoming third T20I against West Indies on Tuesday after BCCI announced he suffered a rib cage injury. He should return in time for the last two games in Miami and have a chance to play with the World T20 closing in.

indian pacer Harshal Patel suffered a setback after sustaining a ribcage injury in the Caribbean islands. With Jasprit Bumrah rested from the squad, the young pacer was expected to play at least a few games in the five-game series against the West Indies, but will now have to wait until at least Game 4 to make the roster.

The news was announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India via its Twitter account minutes after the lineup was released for the second T20I at Warner Park in St. Kitts, which featured Avesh Khan and Arshdeep Singh in the Department of bowling. The update mentioned that the right-arm medium was under the control of the national team medical team and was only ruled out for the second and third games.

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Less than three months from the World T20, the management of the team will be keen to give the 31-year-old player some playing time in order to finalize his composition for the flagship event. Patel had played for the Bangalore Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League 2022 with 20 wickets, having picked up the purple cap as the highest wicket taker in the previous season with a record 32 scalps. His accolades in the domestic circuit have already earned him 17 T20I caps, through which he has tallied 23 wickets.

This summer, Patel started well at home and enjoyed a solid run against the Proteas, recording a career-best four-wicket run in the penultimate game. However, he has since struggled abroad, being hammered for 54 points by Ireland in a T20I before returning relatively expensive numbers in all three games against England. Nevertheless, the designer from Gujarat will be keen to prove his worth on the international scene and to make a place for himself in the Asian Cup team at the very least while targeting World T20 later this year.

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