India in England 2011 August 22, 2011

Sehwag and Ishant ruled out of ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

Virender Sehwag and Ishant Sharma have been ruled out of the limited-overs leg of India's tour of England. Mumbai batsman Ajinkya Rahane and Jharkhand fast bowler Varun Aaron will replace them. Sehwag had not fully recovered from the shoulder surgery he underwent after the IPL, and is also suffering from a ear problem, while Ishant sustained a ligament injury to his left ankle during the Edgbaston Test.

Rahane, a top-order batsman, has been a prolific run-getter on India's domestic circuit and had a successful tour of Australia with India Emerging Players just recently, with two centuries in three first-class games. He averages 67.72 in first-class cricket and 38.61 in List A games. Aaron was also part of that tour to Australia and has been known to regularly clock over 140kmph. In his most recent first-class appearance, he took 4 for 40 and 2 for 49 against the Australian Institute of Sport.

Sehwag joined the India Test squad prior to the third Test at Edgbaston and has hardly made any impact in the series. He got a king pair and was dismissed for 8 and 33 in the final Test at The Oval, where he appeared to experience some discomfort in his right shoulder on the field before being attended to by the physio. A BCCI source told ESPNcricinfo Sehwag's shoulder had not completely healed and that he'll return to India at the conclusion of the Test.

Sehwag has also been experiencing hearing problems in his left ear after being exposed to a loud sound on July 24, according to the note sent by the National Cricket Academy physiotherapist Nitin Patel to the tour physio Ashish Kaushik when Sehwag joined the squad for the tour game in Northampton. "Mr. Sehwag suffered from labyrinthithis of the left ear on 24 July 2011," a BCCI release stated. "Although his condition has improved, he continues to experience headaches. An ENT specialist, who was consulted on the same, has said that he will take two more weeks to recover completely."

Ishant Sharma has had a busy Test series after taking over as India's spearhead in the absence of Zaheer Khan following the first day at Lord's. A board release said he responded well to treatment on his ligament "but will need to undergo a course of intensive rehabilitation and training to prevent recurrence of the pain in his left ankle."

India play one Twenty20 international and five ODIs against England after the Tests. The first ODI is scheduled for September 3.

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  • kan on August 24, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    Dhoni should take break from IPL and CL, atleast he should give up captaincy and wicket keeping in IPL and CL

  • kan on August 24, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    There ought to be superior remuneration or compensation for Test cricketers compared to IPL or CL, if India wants to produce great young test players, otherwise all we would get is good young T20 players

  • kan on August 24, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    india lost badly beause of injury and fatigue inflicted by IPL, which caused most of our players to skip WI tour and so come Eng tour we were under prepared, it is too much cricket which is affecting quality. get rid of IPL and CL, india would go back on top again. our big 3 is stil lthe best. if BCCI gives so much money and importance to IPL india would never produce great young test players, all we would get is good young T20 players

  • kan on August 24, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    that is not fair to call for heads of our big 3, india lost so badly not because poor performance from big 3, dravid scored 3 hundreds and sachin scored 90, india lost badly because the younger lot failed likes of Raina, Gambhir, Abhinav, Sehwag, Dhoni etc, our big 3 is still the best, none of the younger players are good enough to replace them, no young player have grabbed no.6 spot yet, how can they grab no.3, 4, 5!! eventually 3,4,5 should go to Kohli, Rohit and Pujara, but first let one of them grab no.6 firmly, what longer run for younger players we are talking about, Raina already got a long run and he failed terribly, he is not a test cricketer for god sake, nor is Yuvraj.

  • Ahsan on August 24, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    It doesn't matter India win or lose the ODI series they can't wash out criticism!

  • Cruz on August 24, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    more new comers are welcome in indian team, instead of Dravid and others.

  • Dummy4 on August 24, 2011, 8:47 GMT

    a good replacement ...but Irfan Pathan should be given a chance and i was impressed by varun aarons pace and ajinky rahane is a tremendous player he can bat aggresive and also defensive .....robin uthappa and valthaty should also be tried ....and shrikant wagh is also a gud bowler he can be tried

  • Dummy4 on August 24, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    AJINKYA RAHANE is gud option. there were some oder player who can fill SEHWAG place such as ROBIN UTHTHAPA and SWAPNIL ASNODKAR.

  • Dummy4 on August 24, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    boy, india will be in trouble in odi's as well. there in no allrounder (no yuvi or pathan). whose gonna ball 10 overs apart from 4 main bowlers. i dont think so raina and sharma can bowl 10 overs every match. they have to play five bowlers that means one less batsmen against mighty england bowling

  • ilias on August 23, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    india should giv chance 2 yusuf pathan and ashwin as they hav abillity 2 turn any match. givin chance 2 new players in a series where india is in true trouble seems 2 b a foolish decision

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