Axar, the spin-bowling all-rounder, will now join the list of standby players. It is the only change to India’s side named so far ahead of the October 15 deadline.
Thakur has played 22 T20Is for India and has 31 wickets to his name. Lately, he has emerged as a reliable batter lower down the order after twin fifties against England at The Oval.
In the shortest format of the game, he is someone who can use the long handle of the bat, indicated by his strike rate of 197.14 in the five innings he has batted in T20Is.
India Squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, K. L. Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami.
Standby players: Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar and Axar Patel. (ICC)