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Injured Ishant ruled out of WC

Injured Ishant ruled out of WC
India’s senior-most pacer Ishant Sharma was on Saturday ruled out of the World Cup owing to a knee injury after he failed in the fitness test. The injured quartet of Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja went through rigourous fitness drills and the lanky paceman, who last played during the Boxing Day Test in Sydney, was clearly not in best physical condition.

“It’s confirmed 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 said 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. Till the filing of this report, BCCI has not issued any official statement on Ishant’s withdrawal from the team and his replacement.
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