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Sreesanth replaces injured Praveen

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February 8, 2011

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Sreesanth confirmed the victory by taking the final two wickets, India v New Zealand, 1st ODI, Guwahati, November 28, 2010
Sreesanth makes it to the World Cup squad © Associated Press
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Praveen Kumar, the India fast bowler, has been ruled out of the World Cup due to an injured elbow and will be replaced by Sreesanth. The decision comes a day after Praveen underwent a fitness test at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore to gauge whether he had recovered from the injury sustained before the start of the one-day series in South Africa last month.

Praveen, 24 had been sent back immediately from South Africa as a precautionary measure to recuperate at the NCA. The recovery did not go as planned, however, and he consulted Dr Andrew Wallace, a London-based surgeon who has treated many Indian players including Sachin Tendulkar. Praveen has been a regular with the Indian one-day side for the past couple of years and was set to be a certain starter in the World Cup, but his injury healed too slowly to allow him to participate in the global tournament.

Sreesanth has established himself in the Test side but has been on the fringes of the one-day outfit. He has played only 51 one-dayers in more than five years since his debut in 2005, and has a bloated career economy rate of 6.01. But he proved effective in the two ODIs he's played over the past 12 months, bagging seven wickets for 77 runs.

The other fast bowlers in the Indian squad are Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra and Munaf Patel.

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Comments: 258 
Posted by 4272 on (February 11, 2011, 13:40 GMT)

i think its a good decision to play sreesanth in place of injured parvin kumar..... sreesanth is a aggresive bowler..... he also preform consistently well in last series against south africa....he put more energy in the team as he walks in the field.....so lets hope shreesanth will show his brilliance in the world cup.,..

Posted by DAY.BEFORE.TOMORROW on (February 11, 2011, 7:07 GMT)

PATHAN SHOULD BE THE CAPTAIN: PATHAN SHOULD REPLACE ASHWIN: PATHAN SHOULD REPLACE CHAWLA: PATHAN SHOULD REPLACE MUNAF: PATHAN SHOULD EVEN REPLACE YUVRAJ SINGH: PATHAN IS THE WORLD'S TOP ALL ROUNDER: THESE ARE THE COMMENTS CAME IN FAVOUR OF PATHAN: WHEREAS THE FACT REMAINS THAT HE SCORED FIRST BALL DUCK AGAINST THE SECOND LEVEL MUMBAI TEAM AND HE COULD NOT COMPLETE 3 OVERS IN THE MUMBAI INNINGS. THIS IS THE PRESENT POSITION OF PATHAN.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2011, 18:33 GMT)

irfan irfan irfan .......wat nonsense Pls stop TALKING ABOUT him he not played in 2010 domestic and not included in 30 man squad hoooooo

Posted by   on (February 10, 2011, 12:21 GMT)

We should be happy at-least we got this news before staring of the world cup. Now we can be sure about our hopes, which is none.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2011, 9:31 GMT)

Irfan pathan is far better than Sreesanth...... I don't why BCCI not picking Irfan.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2011, 6:16 GMT)

why not AJIT AGARKAR??? the greatest indian bowler who somehow managed to stay in the team when he was at his worst!!

Posted by narsinator on (February 10, 2011, 6:06 GMT)

I think Sreesanth is a good Test bowler, but can be really expensive in one days and looses his temper pretty easily.. Pretty hard decision.. I guess India didnt have a choice

Posted by BULTY on (February 10, 2011, 5:35 GMT)

I had already commented elsewhere how sad it is to lose the services of a crucial bowler before the start of an important tournament like the WC. No lose shedding crocodile tears now. We must get back to business. The replacement in the form of Sreeshanth is good & bad. If only he could be motivated to be aggressive (without crossing the line) and control his bowling, he could be a lethal weapon in the opening spell. I had also stated elsewhere Irfan Pathan would have been a better replacement because he can bat in any position and the team could think of dropping a batsman, if the situation comes to that. But Irfan sadly has been out of action in the international level for quite sometime, so that nullifies his inclusion. PK's injury also points out to the importance of having your reserve players in match fit conditions at all times. Will the BCCI look at this angle & do the needful.

Posted by   on (February 10, 2011, 4:24 GMT)

well said collara! Dhoni is a captain who is always in a defencive mode! Dada is far better leader in terms of leadership and aggresion! Dhoni seems to be making excuses blaming others for a loss! He carried a a lot of luck! Dhoni owe a lot to sreeshanth, had he not taken that catch of Misbah in t20 final, India wouldnt have won that cup! which was a turning point in Dhonis career! Dont 4get the semis of the same cup were he got rid od of both hayden and symonds! Said all that a true leader is some1 who knows how to manage the bad guys under you, good guys will take care of dem self! Look at the way steve waugh defended Ponting and the man himself defending Symonds! Becoz they know, they are main concern was to have quality cricketers in thier side! India is week in fast bowling department! Likes of Nehra, Munaf are no match to the ablity Sree poses! I hate him as a person but as a Bowler I do admire his ablity! best of luck to India in WC2011!Mr.Sachin, get the 1 thing u always wanted

Posted by Meety on (February 10, 2011, 3:49 GMT)

Ouch! Praveen is a big loss! I think of him as being a Bracken-like bowler mixing pace, seam & swing. I have to laugh though - some Indian fans have bagged Oz for going with a pace attack, as good as Sreesanth is, his variations are no better than Tait or Lee or Bollinger or MJ!

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