The struggling Indian cricket team has suffered a massive blow in their bid to defend the World Cup as its most experienced fast bowler Ishant Sharma failed to pass the fitness test. Mohit Sharma , a Chennai Super Kings seamer will be his replacement. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has approved fast bowler Mohit Sharma as replacement for the injured Ishant Sharma in India’s World Cup squad, after the Event Technical Committee and its medical practitioner found the extent of Ishant’s knee injury serious enough to warrant a replacement.
Indian bowling has been well below par in Australia and all of them — Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar , Ravichandran Ashwin — have struggled to take wickets and have gone for a plenty. And now with Ishant’s injury, India’s bowling woes have been further added. So for MSD and team management this is a really big blow.
Ishant, who suffers from a knee injury he sustained during the Boxing Day Test against Australia, will, as per rules, now not be allowed to return to the World Cup unless another player is injured and his replacement sought. Mohit, incidentally has played 12 ODIs in which he has taken 10 wickets.
“Any injury or illness-based replacement requires a written submission to the Event Technical Committee along with a diagnosis from a medical practitioner as to the extent of the injury or illness. Once replaced, a player may not return to the squad save as an approved subsequent replacement for another injured or ill player,” the ICC said in its press release.
India begins its title defense on February 15 at Adelaide against arch rivals Pakistan.