India in Sri Lanka 2010 July 6, 2010

Injured Zaheer out of Sri Lanka tour

Cricinfo staff

Zaheer Khan, India's strike fast bowler, has been ruled out of the forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka due to a shoulder injury. The tour includes three Tests, followed by a tri-series in Dambulla, also involving New Zealand. The BCCI, in a statement, has announced that the Karnataka fast bowler Abhimanyu Mithun will replace him.

Zaheer was rested for the recent tour of Zimbabwe in order to preserve himself for the busy season ahead. He participated in the Asia Cup in Dambulla and played in all four of India's games. The BCCI did not reveal the cause of the injury or for how long he has been adviced to rest. The indication is that he will miss the Test leg of the tour, at least, as the squad for the ODI tri-series will be announced later.

Zaheer however didn't reveal much in his Twitter feed: "Shoulder is troubling me a little need to sort it out ...hope to be back soon ... Important season ahead ..."

Zaheer's absence will come as a big blow to India, whose fast bowlers haven't been up to the mark of late, due to injuries and loss of form. That leaves a lot of responsibility on the likes of Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth to carry the attack in Sri Lanka.

Mithun has been on the fringes for the last few months after performing impressively for Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy, where he was the tournament's highest wicket-taker. He was rewarded with a call-up to the national squad for the Tests against South Africa earlier this year and an international debut in the ODIs that followed. He was withdrawn from the India A squad in England to replace the injured seamer Vinay Kumar in Zimbabwe, but didn't get a game. He rejoined his team-mates in England for the one-dayers and in his most recent outing on Friday, taking 3 for 49 against West Indies A.

The tour begins on July 18 with the first Test in Galle.

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  • Arnav on July 11, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    In my view, i don't think its completely the fault of our cricketers. It actually is an unscheduled tour to SRILANKA , a team against which we have been playing, and playing and playing endlessly. Its the fault of our administrators, who for the sake of earning extra bucks schedule such unnecessary tours. India will be playing 11 tests in the next 6 months out of which 5 had no mentioning in the FTP. There is always a high probability for players body to break down, if he's asked to play 5 extra test matches or 11 extra ODI's .

  • John on July 10, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    it's good to hear that zeher ( poision ) has out from the squid , ha hak he is all most a zeher ( poison )

    harbajan is a temper guy he dont know how to control his estasy when he take a wicket,

    referice should take action against him, and his attiute

  • Dummy4 on July 9, 2010, 21:51 GMT

    I think our fast bowlers except Zaheer, Nehra etc are more or less inexperienced and have performed a mix of good and bad. I agree with one of the comment that "it's a gamble choosing anyone". We really don't know who will shine. Also, it was a fact that Venkatesh prasad had low pace, characterstic of Indian bowlers (i remember him taking 5 wicket hausl both in India and abroad against good teams) but he was given many chances in ODI for years only then he was drafted in into test cricket. I think we should take some clue from that and we must give exposure to our bowlers in shorter formats first. I am not happy in the way that Mithun , our prospect has not been given enough chances in ODIs and T20s as he has played just one ODI. Point is that none of our newest breed of fast bowlers like mithun, vinay, dinda, umesh have been given enough chances and all these 4 are low in confidence because of that and we end up tossing for a spot rather than picking the best one.

  • Akash on July 9, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    With Zaheer injured, my team to beat Sri Lanka for the test matches would have been- 1. V Sehwag, 2. G Gambhir, 3. R Dravid, 4. S Tendulkar, 5. VVS Laxman, 6. MS Dhoni, 7. Irfan Pathan, 8. Harbhajan Singh, 9. Amit Mishra, 10. S Shreesanth, 11. Ishant Sharma.

    Keep standbys as - 1. Dinesh Karthik for wicketkeeper/opener, 2.S Badrinath, Yuvraj Singh for middle order batsmen, 3. Pragyn Ojha for spinner, 4. Munaf Patel, Asish Nehra for fast bowlers. Play only two out of Dravid, Sachin & VVS Laxman at a time.

  • John on July 9, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    @ Fan Cric

    I agree with you. Cricketers are more inclined to play in IPL matches than to represent their country at international level because of one reason, Money. Cricket in India is only going to be improved when we care less about this IPL and BCCI should concentrate on improving first class cricket like Ranji trophy etc. otherwise in the future we may not get to see India playing Australia but only Deccan Chargers vs Daredevils.

  • Dummy4 on July 8, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    Phew! Not again! All IPL Businessmen should be ruled out of National Team. We need a Team India which is free from IPL burn out, focused on Cricket at International Level. Team India and BCCI is madly obsessed with Stupid, Rubbish, Non-Sense, Obsolete, Commercial event IPL, which is selling 6s and 4s on Lifeless Pitches. IPL-Mad Team India is losing Skill, Inspiration, Motivation, Hunger, Determination, Committment and Fitness to play International or Test Cricket on lively Pitches. Curators, Commentators and BCCI Officials are working for IPL growth rather than Cricket growth. Until IPL is not thrashed, Team India is not going to perform well in International Tournaments. Test, ODI & T20 Cricket is great to watch at International level on lively pitches, unlike IPL Teams which looks like club cricket and played on lifeless pitches.

  • Akash on July 8, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    Since Zaheer is out, I would have gone with Shreesanth, Ishant Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Harbajan Singh and Amit Mishra/Pragyan Ojha as the five bowlers for a 5day test match. In case the pitch is fast/green/swings, I would replace a spinner with Ashish Nehra in the team.

  • Srinivas Bharath on July 8, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    Most of the people criticising our medium pacers have both short memory as well as less or no knowledge of domestic cricket. Abhimanyu mithun was amongst the top wicket taker in the longer version of the domestic format, Sreesanth took five wickets in the last series he has played, Iishant sharma has done well in the test matches eventhough his one day performance has left a lot to be desired. Also the criticism about Srikkanth selecting south indian players is not fair. Example: Wriddhiman Saha has been preferred over the inform and experienced Dinesh Karthik. Infact if you see our one day team you hardly get to see south indians. So let us not talk of bias here.

  • Harish on July 8, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    Some Indians will never learn. Mithun gets selected for all the right reasons : Season's hghest wicket taker, and what do people tell? He was selected bcos he is from the South. This is not only unfair to Mithun, but also shows how bigoted many are. Sad.

  • Dhillan on July 8, 2010, 6:39 GMT

    I think this is the end for India in the 3 test matches they are going to play in the up-coming month. Without zaheer i think India do not have the kind of bowlers that has the skill which zaheer possess. Zaheer can out fox a batsman in test cricket bowl 4 out swingers and then bang 1 that nips in theres the wicket. Zaheer has no pace but has the brain. I ofter regard him as another Chaminda Vaas probably not as good yet. The other bowler ie. Ishant, Sreesanth lol they are no way as good as Zaheer. The reason why India are no.1 is because recently last 2 years they have been able to take 20 wickets reguraly. Harbhjan and Zaheer gets the bunk of those wickets. Now Zaheer is gone im struggling to find anyone else that can fill the boots of Zaheer. I have no doubt that bhaji will take wickets just a factor of who will from the other end. I know most people will agree with me write your view on my lol essay if u

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