India in Australia 2015-16 January 9, 2016

Injured Shami out of Australia tour, Bhuvneshwar named replacement

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Mohammed Shami will be out of action for four to six weeks © BCCI

India fast bowler Mohammed Shami, who just came back from a long injury layoff, has been ruled out of the Australia tour with a hamstring injury, the BCCI medical team has confirmed. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was named replacement and is expected to join the Indian team on Sunday.

Shami sustained a Grade II injury to his left hamstring which will keep him out of action for four to six weeks, a BCCI release said. Shami sustained a knee injury to the same leg, and had not bowled at all on Friday, in the warm-up T20 game against Western Australia XI in Perth.

Shami's last international outing was during the World Cup, when he played through injury and pain, after which he underwent surgery and then rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. He was then named among the 30 probables for a preparatory camp ahead of the South Africa series in September, but could not regain full fitness for the international matches.

Once he was fit, Shami played four matches for Bengal - two in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in December and two in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in January. In the one-day matches he returned with figures of 1 for 40 and 2 for 52, while the T20s saw him end with 2 for 30 and 3 for 18.

Before the departure for Australia, India captain MS Dhoni had said Shami was part of his plans for the World T20, which begins on March for India, against New Zealand in Nagpur. Before that, India are also scheduled to host Sri Lanka for three T20s and then travel to Bangladesh for the Asia Cup T20.

On the current tour, India will play five ODIs and three T20Is in Australia, from January 12 to 31.

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  • Cameron on January 12, 2016, 0:00 GMT

    It's a shame to see Mohammed Shami miss out. He is a quality bowler in ODIs and it would have been nice to see him bowl at the Aussies in Perth. Hopefully Bhuvi can perform in his place, although he does not adapt as well to overseas conditions. India need all the fast bowling depth they can get for this tour, with Ishant being fragile and now Shami out.

  • John on January 11, 2016, 20:46 GMT

    I believe Irfan Pathan still could be a best all rounder if India consider him at least. He has proved enough. Believe he could prove still. India should seek for some of finest fast bowlers. Though we succeed at times not good enough I guess.

  • Pratik on January 11, 2016, 9:27 GMT

    @BCMTOURING: Well I watched RP Singh and he looks 20Kg+ at moment!! he needs fitness to be part of national team

  • Naresh on January 11, 2016, 6:50 GMT

    Shami brought some hope in our pace/seam department. I feel Bhuvi still needs to get some games under his belt to regain the confidence he used to have. Match practice for him

  • Jose on January 10, 2016, 15:16 GMT


    It is not wise to take the results of the two practice matches seriously. The WA team wasn't even their B-team!

  • Saurabh on January 10, 2016, 14:28 GMT

    I am predicting a whitewash for Aussies this time around in both ODIs and T20s.

  • KISH on January 10, 2016, 12:31 GMT

    Still no place for Irfan Pathan? What a joke?

  • greig on January 10, 2016, 11:26 GMT

    Ever since Indian management converted him to a back of length bowler, he is ruined anyway. Was a beautiful swing bowler to watch, who bowled early 130kph and swung the new ball prodigiously. Then someone decided the needs to be a line and length bowler and increase his speed (AKA Ishant Sharma) and the rest as they say is history.

  • Alex on January 10, 2016, 11:09 GMT

    Nothing new. Once you get injured its not easy to come back. Indian bowlers do not do lots of muscle exercize. That is why once they get injured they will be never be the same. They will play with 50% efficiency and another injury always in their mind. It becomes now how long to continue in this profession and make enough money and retire. Also Physically even if they bowled hard , their body will not take it. They do not have that gym culture to withstand the injury. Mainly leg injury. Once knee , ankle broken it loses all original liquid. Body do not generate them anymore. Key is never get injured in first place. But they are there to impress and get contract at first time. BAsically we have to find as many instead of fixing and waiting for one bowler. Once injured we can forget about them.

  • Pony on January 10, 2016, 10:42 GMT

    People criticizing Bhuvi need to understand that Bhuvi hasn't lost his swing.He was banging the ball in the middle of the pitch in SA series because Dhoni wanted to rough up the ball to bring the spinners into play early.Before that series he bowled in tandem with Ishant in practice matches in SL where pitches offered some movement.He did pretty well in the domestic ODI series concluded recently.So his selection isn't a problem.I still fear Rishi Dhawan would be destroyed by Maxwell,Warner and Smith.Varun Aaron should have been selected in his place.He will go for runs but will get wickets.Dhoni must select 5 proper batsmen and 5 proper bowlers:Umesh,Ishant,Sran,Ashwin and Jadeja.

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