Indian team was jolted with a bad news this morning as one of their star performers with the ball, Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of their third match of the World Cup 2015 tie against UAE due to a knee injury. Shami’s resurgence with the ball saw India clinch back to back wins against Pakistan and South Africa and hand the defending champions a timely boost in this mega tourney.
“Mohammed Shami has got mild left knee problem and had ultrasound guided injection yesterday [Thursday] for his long-term management perspective. He won’t be available for tomorrow’s match against the UAE,” BCCI informed the media via mail on Friday. With the bowling coming under scanner off late, Shami’s revival in the pace department saw an inspired spell with the ball against Pakistan and South Africa, where he finished with figures of 4 for 35 and 2 for 30 respectively.
With Shami going under the treatment table, the door opens up for either Stuart Binny or Bhuvneshwar Kumar to return to India’s XI. But the latter still hasn’t recovered yet from an ankle injury and question marks remain over his fitness. MS Dhoni’s men are currently top of Pool B with 4 points and will look to consolidate their position with a big win against the minnows United Arab Emirates, who have been impressive so far in this tourney but are yet to record a win in their return to the World Cup after 19 years.