Former Indian cricketer Parthiv Patel feels all-rounder Axar Patel should have been a part of the Asia Cup 2022 squad. The 28-year was impressive in the West Indies.

Patel said R Ashwin’s selection was not needed as Deepak Hooda can be used as an off-spinner. He added that Axar Patel could have been a cover for Ravindra Jadeja, who is not fully fit.

“I don’t understand why Axar Patel was not included in the side. He deserves to play in place of R Ashwin. He has delivered for the team whenever Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma wanted and did whatever was asked out of him.”

“They tried Ashwin in the last ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE. If they need off-spin in Australia then they have the option of Deepak Hooda. Axar should have been there as a cover for Ravindra Jadeja,” he added.

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