India tour of South Africa 2010-11 January 11, 2011

Injured elbow ends Praveen Kumar's tour

ESPNcricinfo staff
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The ODI series is yet to begin, but Praveen Kumar has become India's third first-choice ODI player to board a flight back home. Praveen has an elbow injury that can't be risked, keeping in mind the proximity of the World Cup, and Ishant Sharma, who must have barely reached India, is coming back as his replacement.

Praveen joins openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir on the injured list. Sehwag's return to India was announced during the Test series, but he stayed back to take part in the deciding Test, in Cape Town. It was a precautionary move to not risk his shoulder before the big event. Gambhir, who missed the second Test with a hand injury, was hit in the elbow during the third Test. He fought the pain to help India save the Test, but had to miss the ODIs.

Praveen, who last played an international match in December 2010 before coming here, is an important part of the Indian team for the World Cup, and hence the team management didn't want to take chances. "With the World Cup also in place, we don't want to risk him," MS Dhoni said. "He has been a very good bowler, irrespective of the conditions, whether we are playing in India or abroad, he has done well for us."

India have grappled continuously with fitness problems over the last two years, wherein they haven't played their first-choice ODI XI since their tour of New Zealand in 2008-09. "It would have been good to feature the main XI," Dhoni said. "Since last February, we haven't played the full XI that will maybe feature in the first game of the World Cup. But we are risking injury. We have to save quite a few players. We have a fair amount of niggles. We don't want to miss any of he key players just before the start of the World Cup. Some of them have missed the whole season. I don't mind them missing one more series as long as they are available right through the World Cup."

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  • crikkfan on January 11, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    TheHonestCritic I think your team is bang on the money for the 1st WC game ..the only thing I would add is that Munaf shouldnt be a certainty as the 1st seam back up - it should be up for contention between Munaf, Sreesanth and Ishant. Same with backup spinner - Chawla and Ojha are probably contenders with Ashwin. Kohli should be a certainty to start given his current form in the subcontinent - Yuvi, Gambhir and Yusuf should fight out for the remaining 2 slots - Yuvi and Yusuf are slightly ahead in the race IMO with their bowling repertoire along with having recent match experience.

  • Dr.K.H.Iyer on January 11, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    Ishant gives the impression of an Out-of-Form Javagal Srinath! Both in-swing bowlers except Ishant hasn't swung any in the recent memory! Srinath's inswingers and off cutters would look like wide balls but end up hitting the batsman's crotch! Even at retirement Srinath's top speed (in SA, 2003 World Cup) was 144.6 K mph! Ishant has to improve his core competencies; his in-swing, pace and bounce: the three things that made Ricky Ponting his bunny! If Ishant can't bother with "back to school" approach, it is time to move on!! >>>>>>>> Saurav as selector?? no thank you! Srikkanth's doing a fine job!! let him be!!

  • TheHonestCritic on January 11, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    Ishant sharma ..I guess he has been called up so that selectors can easily oust him from world cup squad irrespective of his performance in SA series( any guesses .. his performance would be pathetic if he plays anyway) . Just think if unadkat or umesh yadav performed well , then it would have been very difficult for selectors. I think irrespective of performance in this SA series , Indian selectors have already have a Team in mind. 1. Sachin 2.sehwag 3. Gambhir 4.Yuvraj.5 Raina 6.Pathan 7.Dhoni 8.Harbhajan 9 Zaheer 10. praveen 11. Nehra 12. Munaf(backup seamer) 13. Ashwin (backup spinner). 14. Kohli (backup for Gambhir at No 3), 15 - Rohit sharma/S.Tiwary (backup middle order).

  • on January 11, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    BCCI can try replacements by domestic top class bowlers from the ranji teams rather than using the half injured bowlers .

  • RGee on January 11, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    Why not RP Singh or Irfan Pathan. Ishant is SOOOO expensive in ODIs....

  • racks1028 on January 11, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    i dont think even if ishant is selected dhoni will go with him..if sreesanth or munaf doesnt perform well then only he will get a chance..so dont wry..all is well

  • on January 11, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    What happened to that guy Umesh Yadav that was being held as a replacement for a seamer in the Tests? Plus he got snapped up in the IPL for a massive sum so maybe there's something there. I think if you're gonna experiment then the BCCI might as well do it now than risk someone in the WC without trialling them first.

  • Pits76 on January 11, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    ishant? wat does he have to do to get dropped from the side for good? hes known for a good work ethic but thts all hes got. wat good is a work ethic without ability and performance?

    look at new talent like yadav, unadkat etc.there is no point in playing ishant who just cant put the ball anywhere close to the right places. speed? barely 135, move on dhoni

  • on January 11, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    This is really disappointing.. Praveen kumar is the only bowler in india who can swing the ball given the conditions.. nd in south africa he would have just loved to bowl.. this is really a big blow for india.. but bcci does the right thing by trying to keep the players cent percent fit for the world cup.. let these players learn frm dhoni how to maintain their fitness....

  • shibukunnamthanam on January 11, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    SRIKANT ''favourite boy' MURALI VIJAY (now he played 8 ODI matches and can't mark 50 RUNS any single match) if can't play good innings first two matches against S A. who should open with Mr sachin next 3 matches..?? why BCCI didn't select another opener?

  • crikkfan on January 11, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    TheHonestCritic I think your team is bang on the money for the 1st WC game ..the only thing I would add is that Munaf shouldnt be a certainty as the 1st seam back up - it should be up for contention between Munaf, Sreesanth and Ishant. Same with backup spinner - Chawla and Ojha are probably contenders with Ashwin. Kohli should be a certainty to start given his current form in the subcontinent - Yuvi, Gambhir and Yusuf should fight out for the remaining 2 slots - Yuvi and Yusuf are slightly ahead in the race IMO with their bowling repertoire along with having recent match experience.

  • Dr.K.H.Iyer on January 11, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    Ishant gives the impression of an Out-of-Form Javagal Srinath! Both in-swing bowlers except Ishant hasn't swung any in the recent memory! Srinath's inswingers and off cutters would look like wide balls but end up hitting the batsman's crotch! Even at retirement Srinath's top speed (in SA, 2003 World Cup) was 144.6 K mph! Ishant has to improve his core competencies; his in-swing, pace and bounce: the three things that made Ricky Ponting his bunny! If Ishant can't bother with "back to school" approach, it is time to move on!! >>>>>>>> Saurav as selector?? no thank you! Srikkanth's doing a fine job!! let him be!!

  • TheHonestCritic on January 11, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    Ishant sharma ..I guess he has been called up so that selectors can easily oust him from world cup squad irrespective of his performance in SA series( any guesses .. his performance would be pathetic if he plays anyway) . Just think if unadkat or umesh yadav performed well , then it would have been very difficult for selectors. I think irrespective of performance in this SA series , Indian selectors have already have a Team in mind. 1. Sachin 2.sehwag 3. Gambhir 4.Yuvraj.5 Raina 6.Pathan 7.Dhoni 8.Harbhajan 9 Zaheer 10. praveen 11. Nehra 12. Munaf(backup seamer) 13. Ashwin (backup spinner). 14. Kohli (backup for Gambhir at No 3), 15 - Rohit sharma/S.Tiwary (backup middle order).

  • on January 11, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    BCCI can try replacements by domestic top class bowlers from the ranji teams rather than using the half injured bowlers .

  • RGee on January 11, 2011, 17:33 GMT

    Why not RP Singh or Irfan Pathan. Ishant is SOOOO expensive in ODIs....

  • racks1028 on January 11, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    i dont think even if ishant is selected dhoni will go with him..if sreesanth or munaf doesnt perform well then only he will get a chance..so dont wry..all is well

  • on January 11, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    What happened to that guy Umesh Yadav that was being held as a replacement for a seamer in the Tests? Plus he got snapped up in the IPL for a massive sum so maybe there's something there. I think if you're gonna experiment then the BCCI might as well do it now than risk someone in the WC without trialling them first.

  • Pits76 on January 11, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    ishant? wat does he have to do to get dropped from the side for good? hes known for a good work ethic but thts all hes got. wat good is a work ethic without ability and performance?

    look at new talent like yadav, unadkat etc.there is no point in playing ishant who just cant put the ball anywhere close to the right places. speed? barely 135, move on dhoni

  • on January 11, 2011, 16:24 GMT

    This is really disappointing.. Praveen kumar is the only bowler in india who can swing the ball given the conditions.. nd in south africa he would have just loved to bowl.. this is really a big blow for india.. but bcci does the right thing by trying to keep the players cent percent fit for the world cup.. let these players learn frm dhoni how to maintain their fitness....

  • shibukunnamthanam on January 11, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    SRIKANT ''favourite boy' MURALI VIJAY (now he played 8 ODI matches and can't mark 50 RUNS any single match) if can't play good innings first two matches against S A. who should open with Mr sachin next 3 matches..?? why BCCI didn't select another opener?

  • AbAdvani on January 11, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    Ishant looked the worst of all the bowlers on display in the Test matches -he had no variety in his bowling, no swing and the less said about his pace (or lack of pace), the better. This was a great opportunity to try out Mithun or Tyagi on seamer friendly tracks in SA -Tyagi has the pace as well as the swing and would definitely have been a better option than the directionless Ishant. Move over K.Srikanth (who keeps giving umpteen opportunities to Dinesh Karthik and Murali Vijay) -Kumble/Ganguly need to come in as the Chief Selector

  • Devd007 on January 11, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    For some reason Murali Vijay and Ishant Sharma continue to figure in the Indian XI inspite of their clear lack of ability at the highest level...are we back to the old days when quota systems determined the composition of the Indian team??...bring back Saurav Ganguly as the Chief selector please.

  • Abhimanyu on January 11, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    This is very sad news for India. I noticed that Parveen Kumar was bowling at round 140kph in his 1st over in the T20 match he played on Sunday, but after that 1st over he got this niggle and then he was struggling to bowl. Sad to see that all the Indian commentators have tagged him as a 125k bowler. Currently there is no one in the Indian team who is bowling faster then Parveen Kumar. Ishant Sharma has lost his pace, line n length and pretty much everything. The fastest bowl Ishant bowls today barely touches 135kph. Sreeshant on the other hand rarely touches 138kph, he can only do that when he is pumped up and going absolutely mad at the batsmen. So Parveen Kumar is the fastest bowler in India at the moment. (don't believe me check the cricinfo commentary for that match, and you will be able to see the speeds at which Parveen was bowling in his 1st over)

  • Devd007 on January 11, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    All key players should skip the World Cup as well...so that they are fit for the IPL :))...that's where BCCI makes the money.

  • on January 11, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    Right now, i would just like to know who are the members of so-called first choice Indian ODI XI

  • Criczloverz on January 11, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    All they could find was Ishant Sharma to replace him? Just makes me wonder what more does he have to do to get expelled from the team?

  • BULTY on January 11, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    The strategy of the Indian think tank seems to reserve key players for the WC. Gambhir was alright when he batted in India's second innings of the third test against SA. Praveen bowled alright in the one off T20. If they are really injured, then it makes a sad commentary on the selection panel to pick up players who are half fit and then turning them into mere travellers. Hope the three players viz. Sehwag, Gambhir & Praveen get fit by the time of WC. India rocks!!!!!!!!!! All the best Team India!! CHAK DE INDIA111111. This is your best chance to win the WC. Go all out for it.

  • on January 11, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    OMG still how many players will be sent to india from south africa .Dhoni is very precautious abt the players regarding the world cup better he can also rest himself and sachin and send a second rated team captained by yuvi or raina to play against south africa

  • Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on January 11, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Please Bring back Mithun!

  • mrm2011in on January 11, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    ishant sharma?after bowling very average spells in test matches i dont think he deserved a look in odi's so come on cheeka go for some exciting talent like umesh yadav even ipl selectors doing better jon than our national selectors ..

  • on January 11, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Praveen also missed few matches during new zealand series I don't know why "BCCI - WORLD'S RICHEST CRICKET BOARD" Spent some money to take care of their first choice players, Even inform batmen and bowlers got injuries during regular intervals, Please BCCI Take Care of Players FIRST .

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on January 11, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Don't worry I'm sure they've got other spinners who can take his place.

  • sameer997 on January 11, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    sad for pk i thought he cwould be ideal in durban

  • on January 11, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    Now that is a blow... considering his ability to swing and who is the replacement out of league Mr I.Sharma... Great for IPL though... LOL

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  • on January 11, 2011, 13:22 GMT

    Now that is a blow... considering his ability to swing and who is the replacement out of league Mr I.Sharma... Great for IPL though... LOL

  • sameer997 on January 11, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    sad for pk i thought he cwould be ideal in durban

  • AndyZaltzmannsHair on January 11, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Don't worry I'm sure they've got other spinners who can take his place.

  • on January 11, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Praveen also missed few matches during new zealand series I don't know why "BCCI - WORLD'S RICHEST CRICKET BOARD" Spent some money to take care of their first choice players, Even inform batmen and bowlers got injuries during regular intervals, Please BCCI Take Care of Players FIRST .

  • mrm2011in on January 11, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    ishant sharma?after bowling very average spells in test matches i dont think he deserved a look in odi's so come on cheeka go for some exciting talent like umesh yadav even ipl selectors doing better jon than our national selectors ..

  • Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on January 11, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Please Bring back Mithun!

  • on January 11, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    OMG still how many players will be sent to india from south africa .Dhoni is very precautious abt the players regarding the world cup better he can also rest himself and sachin and send a second rated team captained by yuvi or raina to play against south africa

  • BULTY on January 11, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    The strategy of the Indian think tank seems to reserve key players for the WC. Gambhir was alright when he batted in India's second innings of the third test against SA. Praveen bowled alright in the one off T20. If they are really injured, then it makes a sad commentary on the selection panel to pick up players who are half fit and then turning them into mere travellers. Hope the three players viz. Sehwag, Gambhir & Praveen get fit by the time of WC. India rocks!!!!!!!!!! All the best Team India!! CHAK DE INDIA111111. This is your best chance to win the WC. Go all out for it.

  • Criczloverz on January 11, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    All they could find was Ishant Sharma to replace him? Just makes me wonder what more does he have to do to get expelled from the team?

  • on January 11, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    Right now, i would just like to know who are the members of so-called first choice Indian ODI XI