West Indies tri-series 2013 June 24, 2013

Injured Irfan Pathan out of tri-series

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India allrounder Irfan Pathan has been ruled out of the upcoming tri-series in the West Indies due to a hamstring injury. He has been replaced by the right-arm seamer Shami Ahmed, who has already played five ODIs.

Irfan was part of the Champions Trophy squad but did not get a game. He bowled in the warm-up match against Sri Lanka and finished with expensive figures of 0 for 45 from five overs. Irfan last played for India during the limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka in 2012 but another hamstring injury cut short his Ranji Trophy season.

Shami, who represents Bengal, made his debut when Pakistan toured India for a limited-overs series in January. Shami's inclusion is the only change to the squad, which otherwise has the same set of players who were picked for the Champions Trophy.

"It is nice to be called back into the squad," Shami told ESPNcricinfo from Kolkata hours before leaving for Jamaica, where India will open their campaign on June 30 against the hosts. "I think I fared pretty well against Pakistan and England (earlier this year) and had received encouraging feedback from my team-mates and coaching staff."

Shami made his international debut in a low-scoring ODI against Pakistan in Delhi in January. He returned with an impressive haul of 1 for 23 off nine overs, becoming the first Indian bowler to bowl four or more maiden overs on debut. The right-arm seamer, who relies more on line and length, then featured in four ODIs against England, taking three wickets.

However, Shami was benched for most of the IPL, playing only three games for the Kolkata Knight Riders. Apart from the disappointment of being left out for the Champions Trophy, what hurt Shami more was the lack of faith shown on him by his franchise, having worked "really hard" and was "bowling very well" going into the IPL.

"No doubt it was upsetting. But then I realised, the more you sulk, the more it hurts, so I stopped thinking about it," Shami said. "Instead I started focusing on keeping myself fit and striving to improve in the nets and the results are there to see."

Shami had a good tour of the West Indies with the A team last year, picking up 13 wickets in three four-day matches. With India sticking to their winning combination throughout their victorious campaign in England, Shami realises that he may not get an opportunity in the tri-series unless the team management decides to rest one of the three main seamers.

"All that would be in my hands is to be prepared, if and when I am asked to contribute and I am ready for that," Shami said. "Last year's tour to the West Indies was a memorable one for me. Let's hope this year turns out to be no different."

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on July 1, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Most people are talking experimentation here but india have lost the first match. Next match india will naturally go with the CT combination. If they lose against SL then they will try the bench strength to seek consolation otherwise they will retain the CT winning combination. A full stop is evidient on the careers of Gambhir, Sehwag and Yuvi.

  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on July 1, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    @narasimhan: DK, Rohit, Vijay have been tried time and again. This time they have been part of the CT winning squad so naturally there are much more expectations associated with them but apart from Rohit who scored even in the last match other two cannot be relied much longer. Other boys need to have a go as now india got rid of non-performing seniors and should have added few boys for windies series. Hopefully, they will win against SL otherwise it will be a shock just after being crowned.

  • Kangroos.Proteas.Monkeys.Lions on July 1, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    This seems to be the end of Irfan Pathan's career as an all-rounder. May be more triggered by Jadeja's performance. Also, with his pace he cant panetrate enough but Shami has to be on target to make impression otherwise batsmen will use his pace to good effect. Paraveen Kumar was a fine bowler and can make lot in windies tri series.

  • dummy4fb on June 29, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    well bringing in somebody like Shami Ahmed is a good decision but still I think players like Ishant Sharma have to be replaced by Mohit Sharma who looked really good for CSK in IPL. Murali Vijay should have been replaced by Cheteshwar Pujara or Ambati Rayudu bcoz they both are better than Murali Vijay. India has done well in Champions Trophy but the selectore still have to get in Best players Gautam Gambhir is a very important member of Indian team he should be brought back.

  • spot_on on June 29, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Guys who are backing for Praveen Kumar's selection. The guy is sidelined due to his attitude.. Few recent/past off-field issues are taken into account. We do not want a guy to come in and mess up the air in the dressing room. Let him go back to school and practice diligence first. Cricket, after all, is a Gentlemen's game.

  • Vijay.jcl on June 28, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    congrats to Indian team once again for their recent success.

  • Raj.cool.Himanshu on June 28, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    now I think should change his team and has to test all 15 players in the squad because after this series India will play against Zimbabwe and Australia and in the end of the year they have to go in South Africa to play 4 match test series. So, Dhoni has to check all the players for better in future series. I think that west indies is home team, India wins the previous tournament and SriLanka has a perfect team there batsmans are sangakara, jayawardene, tharanga,chandimal and bowlers were briliant malinga, herath, senneyake, mendis brothers and also have all rounders in thier team like mathews, perera and nuwan kulasekara.

  • Naresh28 on June 27, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    Dont compare Sanju Samson and Unmukt Chand. One will be in U19 squad and the other will be in the side to Zimbabwe(probably) Both players are good and will be given chances with this new selection team. BCCI should have scheduled another home test series. We have a skewed calendar. I really like Sanju Samson and think he is a player for the future - the IPL made him stand up.

  • kahvas on June 27, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    Where is Praveen Kumar. He has been sidelined. He along with Bhuvi would be a great combination to open the bowling

  • dummy4fb on June 26, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    @cricketsunami and @priyavrat96 Sanju Samson is the better player than Unmukt Chand.Sanju played well in IPL.Chand is a big flop of IPL.so give an oppertunity to Sanju Samson.