Ishant Sharma out of World Cup, Mohit Sharma to replace him  New Delhi, February 7, 2015
Ishant Sharma was on Saturday ruled out of the World Cup as the pacer was the only one among the four cricketers to have failed the fitness test.The injured four players – Ishant, Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar went through lot of fitness drills and the veteran Indian pacer looked struggling. Ishant last played in the Boxing Day Test match in Sydney.

“It’s confirmed that Ishant has been ruled out and will not recover in time to play the World Cup. As per regulations, we had Mohit Sharma as stand-by and he will be inducted into the World Cup squad. Ishant is likely to return home,” a top BCCI source told PTI on Saturday.

“Rohit Sharma (hamstring), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (ankle) and Ravindra Jadeja (shoulder) have passed the fitness test. However to confirm their match fitness, the trio will need to go through the grind during the warm-up games against Australia and Afghanistan.”The team management will need to check as to how Jadeja shapes up while throwing from the deep. That they (Rohit and Bhuvneshwar) have reported fit is the reason that they were presented for the Open Media Session,” the source added.

However, the Indian cricket board is yet to make an official announcement on Ishant and his replacement.

The Indian team management earlier to check on his fitness had included in one of the one-day match against Australia on January 26, but the match was rained off with Ishant not getting an over to bowl.


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