India paceman Ishant Sharma ruled out of World Cup: Report

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February 08, 2015 8:37 AM

India paceman Ishant Sharma has failed a fitness test on a knee problem and has been ruled out of the World Cup, Cricinfo reported on Sunday.

India paceman Ishant Sharma has failed a fitness test on a knee problem and has been ruled out of the World Cup, Cricinfo reported on Sunday.

The 26-year-old missed the final test in the series against Australia in early January because of the knee injury and has not played since.

Mohit Sharma, who is in Australia as a standby, will replace his namesake in the squad once approval has been received to make the substitution, the website reported.

Also 26, Mohit has played 12 ODIs and taken 10 wickets at an average of 40.50 with his right-arm medium pace since his debut against Zimbabwe in 2013.

India’s lack of a strong pace attack to make the most of the Australasian wickets is expected to be a major hindrance to India’s quest to retain the title they won in spin-friendly conditions on home soil in 2011.

There was better news for India’s other injury concerns with batsman Rohit Sharma (hamstring), seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (ankle) and all rounder Ravindra Jadeja (shoulder) all passing fitness tests.

India open their defence of the trophy against Pakistan in Adelaide next Sunday.

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