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World Cup 2015: Injured Ishant ruled out, Mohit to replace him

Adelaide:  Team India suffered a major setback when India's most experienced fast bowler Ishant Sharma Saturday failed to prove his fitness and was eventually ruled out of the Cricket World Cup. Other three injured Rohit

India TV Sports Desk Updated on: February 08, 2015 10:14 IST
world cup 2015 injured ishant ruled out mohit to replace him
world cup 2015 injured ishant ruled out mohit to replace him

Adelaide:  Team India suffered a major setback when India's most experienced fast bowler Ishant Sharma Saturday failed to prove his fitness and was eventually ruled out of the Cricket World Cup. Other three injured Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshvar Kumar however passed the test.

Earlier the four players went through rigourous fitness drills and the lanky paceman Ishant Sharma, who last played during the Boxing Day Test match in Sydney was clearly not in best physical condition.

“It's confirmed that Ishant has been ruled out and will not recover in time to play the World Cup. As per regulations, we had Mohit Sharma as stand-by and he will be inducted into the World Cup squad. Ishant is likely to return home,” a top BCCI source said.

“Rohit Sharma (hamstring), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (ankle) and Ravindra Jadeja (shoulder) have passed the fitness test.  However to confirm their match fitness, the trio will need to go through the grind during the warm-up games against Australia and Afghanistan.

“The team management will need to check as to how Jadeja shapes up while throwing from the deep. That they (Rohit and Bhuvneshwar) have reported fit is the reason that they were presented for the Open Media Session,” the source added.

The BCCI has not yet issued any official statement on Ishant's withdrawal from the team and his replacement yet.

Recently, after a four-week lay-off, the 26-year-old Ishant was picked to check his fitness during one of the tri-nation series match against Australia on January 26 at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). However the match was abandoned after 16 overs and Ishant didn't get a chance to bowl.

But according to team insiders, in the very next match against England at Perth on January 30, he again reported unfit which raised a lot of eye brows as India neither played nor had any practice session in interim.

 

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