Ranji Trophy 2012-13 January 10, 2013

Zaheer out of semi-final tie against Services

ESPNcricinfo staff

Zaheer Khan, who suffered a calf-strain during Mumbai's last Ranji Trophy Group A match, has been left out of the team's 15-member squad for the semi-final against Services.

Zaheer had injured his calf in the second innings of the thriller against Madhya Pradesh during which he took five wickets. The injury recurred in the next match - Mumbai's last group game against Gujarat - on the first day itself after he had bowled 17 overs. Though he came out to bat later, he didn't bowl in the second innings at all.

The injury ruled him out of the quarter-final against Baroda, a match that ended in a draw but Mumbai won on first-innings lead after they scored 645 and bowled out Baroda for 271.

Mumbai squad: Ajit Agarkar (c), Aditya Tare, Sachin Tendulkar, Ankeet Chavan, Wasim Jaffer, Nikhil Patil (Jr), Suryakumar Yadav, Javed Khan, Dhawal Kulkarni, Sushant Marathe, Kaustubh Pawar, Shardul Thakur, Abhishek Nayar, Vishal Dabholkar, Hiken Shah

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  • Prashant on January 11, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    so, how will he prove his readiness for the Australia tour? that is a shame..

  • Dummy4 on January 10, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Zaheer should do it like Malinga...retire from tests and play in ODIs and T20s only...

  • Sriram on January 10, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    What is he still playing for, i suppose that 300th Test wkt or 100th Test cap. either way both looks a very long distance in the current form and fitness. If he is not going to be part of those 2014 Tests, he should quit after Aus tests. No won would mind if a young but promising pace attack play and loose in SA, Eng or Aus in comming tests.

  • pradeep on January 10, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    Ajit is doing a fab job with the Mumbai team and m sure he will win the Ranji for his side 40th time. Gud lk