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Nehra may miss final with injured finger

Nagraj Gollapudi

March 31, 2011

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Ashish Nehra celebrates the dismissal of Umar Gul, India v Pakistan, 2nd semi-final, World Cup 2011, Mohali, March 30, 2011
Ashish Nehra picked up two wickets against Pakistan © Getty Images
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Ashish Nehra has fractured the middle finger on his right hand putting a question mark over his selection for the final against Sri Lanka on Saturday. Ranjib Biswal, the Indian team manager, confirmed the development but said the team would only take a call on Friday about whether or not he could play. "Nehra has a fractured finger, which was revealed from the scans taken this morning," Biswal said. But Gautam Gambhir, who went off the field during Pakistan's innings in the semi-final having felt some pain and did not return, is expected to be fit for the final. Biswal said they would clarify the position on Gambhir tomorrow.

Nehra picked up the injury while attempting a catch against Pakistan. He was fielding at deep midwicket when he attempted to pick up a pull by Shahid Afridi against Yuvraj Singh. Nehra, not known so much for his deftness in the field, charged forward to pick the ball that was dying on him at the very last minute. Replays confirmed the ball had bounced in front of him but Nehra's attempt drew applause from his team-mates as well as the fullhouse. Unfortunately, Nehra was grimacing in pain and immediately had his finger taped.

Since the injury was on his non-bowling hand, Nehra was able to get through three more overs in the match. However, there are worries he will not be able to field.

It was a bit of a surprise to see Nehra in the first XI during the semi-final, given that the man he replaced, R Ashwin, had been impressive in the two matches he had played in the tournament. Despite Nehra's performance of 2 for 33, and Munaf Patel's 2 for 40, India captain MS Dhoni said after the game that India had misjudged the pitch and should have played another spinner.

Ashwin may well have returned in place of either Nehra or Munaf for the final in any case, and will almost definitely be in the side if Nehra does not recover. The only other pace option India have is Sreesanth, who has been left on the sidelines since the first game of the tournament.

Nehra had missed the first two matches of the tournament with a sore back and was brought in for the group-stage game against Netherlands. Against South Africa in Nagpur, he went for 65 runs in 8.4 overs, 16 off which were scored in the last over of the game, consigning India to defeat. He was then left out for India's next two games, before returning for the semi-final.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Dummy4 on (April 1, 2011, 13:24 GMT)

Hope to c Nehra in the final ... all d very best Ashu..........

Posted by shahzab on (April 1, 2011, 12:44 GMT)

Sri Lanka will prevail inshallah!! Do it for us Sri Lanka... We love you.. our support is with you!! beat india!! Pak fan!!

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 1, 2011, 12:17 GMT)

bring praveen back ! yeah get him to the match

Posted by Pankaj on (April 1, 2011, 12:08 GMT)

Mumbai pitch should be a slow turner, makes sense to play Ashwin, leaving Nehra becomes a easy decision..Raina is much more consistent with bat and 15 runs saved on field adds pressure of 30 runs on opposition !!

Posted by Sanjay on (April 1, 2011, 12:06 GMT)

he is good Player & i think he is only one who will touch 140kph speed

Posted by Sanjay on (April 1, 2011, 12:05 GMT)

i think nehra should play Saturdays game

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 1, 2011, 11:59 GMT)

"However, there are worries he will not be able to field." He will never field that's the bottom line.

Posted by Dummy4 on (April 1, 2011, 10:56 GMT)

I think we should call Praveen back, go india go

Posted by Vleis on (April 1, 2011, 10:55 GMT)

I hope that Nehra plays in the final and I hope that he has a great game.

As a South African, obviously I was happy when SA beat India a few weeks ago. However, I did feel very sorry for Nehra, who was very unlucky in the last over. The first ball should have been a wicket - not a four.

He must have been under immense pressure in the s/f, but came through as India's best bowler. When the whole world is on your back and confidence is low, to do what he did was absolutely brilliant. Come on Indians, get behind someone with such great character!

...and he seems like a very nice person too.

Posted by Anil on (April 1, 2011, 10:41 GMT)

This is the final which 70% of the cricket fans expected prior to the tournament. Anyway this time undoubtedly world's top most talented teams featuring for CupFinal, thats good for cricket. I hope India will lift the World Cup easily. The ideal 11for final: Viru, Sachin, Gambir, Kohli, Yuvi, Dhoni, Raina, Bhaji, Ashwin, Zaheer, Sreesanth.- Go India go...All the best and hatz off you 2011 Champions!!! billions of prayes from billions of people..Good luck..

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