India news January 30, 2013

Injury forces Zaheer out of Irani Cup

ESPNcricinfo staff

Zaheer Khan's involvement in the initial stages of the upcoming Test series against Australia is in doubt after he was recommended another three weeks rest to regain match fitness. The first Test is scheduled to start on February 22 in Chennai.

Zaheer was yet to recover from the calf injury sustained earlier this month during the Ranji Trophy match against Gujarat and was left out of Mumbai's 15-member squad for the Irani Cup. He took a five-wicket haul in Mumbai's thrilling win against Madhya Pradesh, but didn't bowl in the second innings of the next match against Gujarat - a game in which he led the Mumbai side. He was not part of the team during the knockout stages as Mumbai emerged winners for the 40th time.

Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma, who were the other absentees during the later stages of Ranji Trophy due to international cricket, were included and will bolster a batting line-up that includes Sachin Tendulkar, Wasim Jaffer and Abhishek Nayar. Rohit scored 712 runs in six Ranji matches this year, with two centuries and a double-century, while Rahane played in three matches and scored one century. Nikhil Patil jnr and Sushant Marathe were left out to make way for the two batsmen.

Ajit Agarkar will lead Mumbai against the Virender Sehwag-led Rest of India for the Irani Cup at the Wankhede stadium from February 6.

Mumbai squad: Ajit Agarkar (capt), Sachin Tendulkar, Wasim Jaffer, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Kaustubh Pawar, Abhishek Nayar, Hiken Shah, Aditya Tare (wk), Ankeet Chavan, Javed Khan, Shardul Thakur, Vishal Dabholkar.

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  • Pratyush on January 31, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    I hope he gets fit for the Australia series, without either him or Yadav, we simply dont stand any chance in the bowling. Zak, please come back !

  • Steve on January 30, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    I hope ZK realizes his body is can't hold up to bowling anymore. He should take a leaf out of Dravid's book who immediately realized his was up when he could no longer defend his stumps (his main asset) on the Aus tour.

    ZK has been living on goodwill and borrowed time for the past 2yrs, no less. Ind team has to look fwd now that some better than avg medium pace bowlers are playing OK in limited overs at least. Tests are a different story.

  • yuvraj on January 30, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Replace him with with Afghanistans Shapoor Zadran. Atleast he will take more wickets than zaheer. Indian fans always sing song about zaheer. Is it because of the lack of talent they have?

  • Shubham on January 30, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    Its end of carrer for Zak i must say, his number of getting injury's is more than matches he play.. Sorry but thats truth and we have to accept that.

  • Par on January 30, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Is this a joke ? Why do we see news about zaheer anymore. He played FC matches at 15% fitness, he would bowl and go back to the hut, then bowl again next day. He could do with only 15-20 overs workload over 5 days. Then he broke down in test series like predicted. So why are they even trying to monitor his fitness ? He isnt fit enough and should retire. Atleast SRT could stand in the field for 5 days, although his game is beyond deterioration.

  • Sachin on January 30, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    I think this batting line up of Jaffer, Rahane, Rohit, Tendulkar, Nayar, Shah, Tare, Agarkar looks better than Rest of India and bowling Attack leading with Agarkar, Kulkarni, Khan and 2 left arm spinners look also good as they won the Ranji trophy. May be ROI is going to loose Irani Trophy after gap of 7 years.

  • Sriram on January 30, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Is it 100 Tests or 300 Test Wickets, is it WC 2015 or is a series win in England in 2014? What is that he is waitng for? He is not favoured in ODIs, still may get to play in Champions trophy coz 'hez experienced..'. His Test match fitness is no where near what professionals need. Zak must make a quick decision on which format he wants to play. Another case after SRT retirment clamouring picking up steam!!

  • Jason on January 30, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    One bowler in the whole country and he is gone too, there is not a fast bowler in a country of Billions, and there is no hope too.

  • Sasank on January 30, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    What is Zaheer trying to do? Where is he heading? Now he is not able to last even a single test match. I think he is trying too hard. Selectors need to look past him if India needs a good bowling attack. Zaheer must stop playing IPL and other meaning less tournaments and focus on staying fit. Otherwise he cannot play even for Mumbai in domestic games, forget international cricket.

  • suryakant on January 30, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Mumbai going to win this one

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