West Indies in India 2014-15 October 10, 2014

Ishant replaces injured Mohit

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Fast bowler Ishant Sharma has been picked as a replacement for injured medium-pacer Mohit Sharma in India's squad for the remainder of the home ODI series against West Indies. The BCCI said Mohit had been ruled out after aggravating his "bilateral shin pain".

Mohit's loss will deprive MS Dhoni of a bowler capable of operating at the death, an aspect of their game that had pleased the India captain in the 124-run defeat in the first ODI in Kochi. Mohit bowled four of the last 12 overs of the West Indian innings and conceded only 24 runs. He has struggled to take wickets, though, claiming only eight in 11 ODIs at an average of 46.12 an economy of 5.18.

Ishant Sharma's last ODI was in New Zealand in January and he is making a comeback after missing a bilateral series in Bangladesh, the Asia Cup and the one-day series in England. He had been dropped for the home ODIs against West Indies in 2013 after a poor performance in the preceding series against Australia in October, but was subsequently included for the tours to South Africa and New Zealand.

In the last 12 months, Ishant has taken eight wickets in seven ODIs at an average of 48 and economy rate of 6.87.

India are trailing 0-1 in the series with the second ODI to be played in Delhi on October 11.

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