World Cup 2015 news February 7, 2015

Ishant out of World Cup; Mohit named replacement

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ishant Sharma last bowled for India in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne in December © Getty Images

India pacer Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of the 2015 World Cup due to a knee injury and will return to India early next week*. Mohit Sharma, who was travelling in Australia with the team, was named Ishant's replacement after the World Cup's Event Technical Committee approved the change. *

The injury had kept Ishant away from competitive cricket for more than a month. He last bowled in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne in December before he was picked for the Australia Day ODI in Sydney which was abandoned due to rain. However, that was the only game he was picked for in the tri-series, as he injured his knee again before the ODI against England in Perth.

Mohit and Dhawal Kulkarni, who were part of the squad for the tri-series, have stayed back in Australia and trained with the full World Cup squad in Adelaide on Saturday. Ishant, however, did not bowl during the training session.

India had better news regarding the fitness of batsman Rohit Sharma and pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Rohit played only one ODI in the tri-series against Australia and England due to a hamstring niggle. A left-ankle injury had kept Bhuvneshwar out of the first three Tests in Australia and a recurrence of the injury meant that he played only two matches in the tri-series. Rohit has said he will play the warm-up games and Bhuvneshwar could take the field in Sunday's warm-up match against Australia.

"I will be playing the warm-ups and am good to go," Rohit said at a media interaction in Adelaide. "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. Injuries are part of the game and out of your control. What I can control is my confidence and preparations ahead of the World Cup."

* 3:34 GMT, February 8, 2015. The article has been updated after Mohit Sharma was confirmed as Ishant Sharma's replacement

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  • raj on February 14, 2015, 1:54 GMT

    Herein lays India's problem - India persisted with Ishant who under-performed for many years. Everytime Ishant was on the verge of getting dropped, he managed to get a few wickets and save himself only to under-perform for a further while! Now that Ishant is finally out as a blessing in disguise, India find themselves short on pace-bowling experience overseas. Bhuvi, Shami, Yadav, Mohit and Kulkarni are all decent bowlers but how many tours outside of the sub-continent have they been on?? To win the WC you need highly experienced bowlers to guide the younger talented bowlers. Indian team lacks BOTH experience and talent because of a lack of foresight by the selectors.

  • Jay on February 10, 2015, 16:50 GMT

    So one mediocre bowler makes way for another one. When will Indian cricket learn ? In spite of losing all competitive games in Australia so far, the Indians cannot seem to use their brains. Okay, you know what ?! The fact is that the cupboard is bare when it comes to fast bowling reserves. Amazing... for a country that boasts nearly 2.5 billion people.

  • Dummy4 on February 10, 2015, 12:54 GMT

    I can't digest keeping YUVI away from this WC2015. Must say, this is not a good selection. YUVI is the only one could make an impact on the game and has the ability to turn the match around. We used to see the opposition was getting scared of SACHIN, not for that he always scores 100+, but could make an impact. None of these players are capable of doing so.......

  • Dummy4 on February 10, 2015, 12:28 GMT

    what basis Mohit picked up. That is ridilicous. One of my friend is close friend with bharat arun. they were saying dhoni & kohli not getting along. Ravi shastri had a big role to get rid of Dhoni in test matches. Bcci wants jadeja in the team so he can give actaully team news. he is a spy for bcci. That is the only reason he is in team. Ravi shastri swearing on raahane really badly. this is indian cricket team. Hope all involed in this get all BCCI Politices.

  • Naresh on February 10, 2015, 7:31 GMT

    Rishi Dhawan would make a better all rounder in ODI or even some one like Irfan Pathan. Currently Rishi Dhawan, Purkayastha and Basant Mohanty lead the bowlers table. Another named Mangalorkar is also rising very fast. Probably the biggest gain in Ranji is the spinner Purkayastha.

  • SAKTHI on February 10, 2015, 1:00 GMT

    Pravin kumar is the right choice to replace ishant sharma.

  • Dummy4 on February 9, 2015, 17:49 GMT

    People's who are voicing for Rohit please give a example when he played well against good bowling attack in a good sporting pitch.Well old players teling kholi,rahanne,vijay and dhoni because they have done those things. I can tell one thing he will score against minnows ,will waste balls against pakistan and south africa and even we will lose ,best thing can happen is he gets out in the first over.

  • Arup on February 9, 2015, 17:49 GMT

    Didn't think I'd say this but Ishant not being available will be a big loss. He has been India's best bowler for past year and half and it's sad that he will miss out on a World Cup. Whilst Mohit is a decent backup, he lacks the pace and bounce to trouble batsmen in conditions down under.

  • Dummy4 on February 9, 2015, 15:48 GMT

    Ishant is out but what has Mohit to earn his place in WC squad. With already yuvi out& wit the worst selection of players, this team has no components even to compete. I foresee India losing to some minnows & they deserve that

  • Dummy4 on February 9, 2015, 14:50 GMT

    Sad that Dhawal Kulkarni was not given a chance at all and Shami and yadav are still getting it !! Why cant the Indian team management see that they are not performing on par on international levels and it was time for new prospects!!!

    6 Bowlers for meshud be playing are--->Yadav, Kulkarni, B. Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Jadeja and Binny...raina shud be the 7th option!!!

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