Vidarbha pacer Aditya Thakare has been called up as a cover for Ishan Porel, who suffered a bruised heel in his left foot during India’s first group game of the ICC Under 19 World Cup against Australia. Porel, who plays for West Bengal in the domestic tournaments, was injured after bowling just 4.1 overs against Australia on Sunday. His over was completed by left-arm spinner Shiva Singh. According to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) medical team Porel has a soft tissue injury. Also Read - U19 World Cup Final: Bangladesh Bowl Against Unchanged India in Bid for Maiden WC Title
Thakare will join the team before the quarter-final on January 26, 2018. Arshdeep Singh replaced Porel in the second match against Papua New Guinea on Tuesday which India won by 10 wickets. Also Read - NZ-U19 vs BD-U19 Dream11 Team Prediction ICC U19 World Cup 2020: Captain And Vice-Captain, Fantasy Cricket Tips New Zealand U19 vs Bangladesh U19 Semifinal 2 at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom 1:30 PM IST
Thakare has played just one Ranji Trophy game when he was picked up for the final in December 2017 in which his team beat Delhi. Thakare bagged two wickets in the match with his late swing and accuracy. The pacer will not be able to take part in the Cooch Behar semifinal against Karnataka in Nagpur which starts Friday. Also Read - Shoaib Akhtar Lauds Centurion Yashasvi Jaiswal, Says Pakistan Youngsters Can Learn From Him
India entered the Under 19 World Cup quarterfinals after winning their first two matches comprehensively to top Group B. In the first match India beat Australia by a massive margin of 100 runs. after winning the toss, India decided to bat and their batsmen put up 328/7 in 50 overs. The Australians found the going tough after their openers had put up a decent show and were rattled Indian pacers Shivam Mani and KL Nagarkoti. Australia were bowled out for 228 in 42.5 overs.
In the second match against Papau New Guinea, the Indian team gave no chance to the opponents restricting them to just 64. The target was achieved in only 8 overs without the Indian openers Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra breaking a sweat.