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India’s World Cup hopes have been dealt yet another blow, with their strike bowler Ishant Sharma being ruled out of the event. Ishant Sharma could not recover in time for cricket’s mega event, and thus will fly back to India next week having failed his fitness test. Mohit Sharma, of Chennai Super Kings, will be Ishant Sharma’s replacement in the Indian World Cup squad. His selection has been approved by World Cup’s Event Technical Committee.
Ishant Sharma hasn’t bowled in international cricket since the Boxing Day Test against Australia, following which his knee injury worsened. He was part of the team for the tri-series game against the Aussies at Sydney. But, his fitness couldn’t be tested since that match got rained out. Rather strangely, Ishant wasn’t picked for the next match against England at Perth as his knee gave up again.
Ishant Sharma was among those who underwent the fitness test a day ahead of their first warm-up match against Australia. Thankfully for the team think-tank, the others fared better. Opener Rohit Sharma, who was ruled out, immediately after his brilliant hundred at Melbourne against Australia in India’s first match of the tri-series, is said to have recovered well. The injury-prone Rohit, who has been battling a hamstring injury, was part of the warm-up match against Australia at Adelaide.
Speaking to the media, Rohit Sharma confirmed, “I will be playing the warm-ups and am good to go.” Probed about his injury, he added, “I had issues with my hamstring but over the past few days I have been working on it and recovered well thanks to the medical staff.”
As for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, an ankle injury meant that he couldn’t take part in the first three Tests of the series. He played in the fourth, but did have much impact, looking rather rusty. Even in the tri-series, he turned out in only two games. But, having shown encouraging signs of recovery, he turned out for India in Sunday’s practice match.