Mohit Sharma, the medium fast bowler from Haryana, and a member of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), could replace Ishant Sharma in India’s squad for the World Cup. Mohit Sharma was part of the last ODI India played against England in WACA, Perth. The match was a do-or-die for both the teams. Mohit Sharma, playing in the place of the injured Ishant, bowled well and returned with figures of 2-36 from his quota of overs.
Ishant Sharma, India’s new vice-captain in Tests, suffered a knee injury in the Boxing Day test at Melbourne Cricket Ground. After missing out on the 4th ODI and the first 2 ODI games for India, Ishant returned for the 3rd match against Australia in Sydney, which was ultimately washed out and Ishant didn’t get bowl.
In the only practice session India had before the do-or-die game against England, the injury flared up again and Ishant didn’t play the match.
According to Reports in Mumbai Mirror, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given the team management time up to February 5 to take final decision about the injured players. The report added that other members of the World Cup squad, including Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja and even Mohammed Shami aren’t 100% as well but Ishant’s case apparently is a little serious. Along with Mohit Sharma, the Mumbai pacer Dhawal Kulkalrni will too remain and travel with the team in Australia as back-ups in case other bowlers get injured as well.
A source from the board said, “We can’t sit back and watch silently. There is a need to address the issue before it is too late. We’ll take a final call by February 5.”
He added that Bhuvneshwar Kumar is also being monitored but Ishant is doubtful for the World Cup.
“We’re watching him too but at this stage Ishant looks doubtful for World Cup,” was what he said
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