IPL 2015 April 16, 2015

Shami likely to miss IPL

Zaheer Khan and Mohammed Shami have both been on the sidelines for Daredevils this season © Delhi Daredevils

Delhi Daredevils fast bowler Mohammed Shami is likely to be ruled out of IPL 2015 because of a knee injury. Details of the injury and the timeframe for recovery - or whether the franchise will seek a replacement - are not yet known as both Daredevils and the BCCI are yet to officially confirm the development.

Last week, Daredevils had confirmed that Shami was unavailable for selection because he had "a minor knee injury" and was "consulting a specialist to chart a quick recovery process." According to an official, however, it is unlikely Shami will recover to make a comeback during this IPL. He said the extent of the knee injury was not yet known, and that the results were expected in the next few days.

It is not certain if it is the same left-knee injury that had forced Shami to miss the World Cup game against UAE in Perth. He had recovered from that setback to finish as the fourth highest wicket-taker of the tournament - 17 wickets in seven matches.

Shami was one of ten players retained by the franchise last December when it decided to overhaul the squad and released 13 players. If he fails to return, Daredevils will hope Zaheer Khan recovers from his injury to bolster their bowling attack.

On Tuesday, Daredevils ended their 11-match losing streak by beating Kings XI Punjab in Pune. They have one win from three games this season.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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