Saturday, October 01, 2011

Indian will be without seven senior players

Injury will be the major cause of concern for the host team, India, when they will take on the visiting side, England, in the five-match ODI series beginning on October 14, 2011.

However, Indian selectors headed by Kris Srikkanth already announced a 15-man squad for only the first two ODIs of the five-match series against England.

As many senior players have been ruled out due to injury, selectors have been forced to pick a number of young and uncapped players to replace them. That is why, it looks like a second-string Indian squad.

Indian cricket captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, will be without the service of seven senior players- Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma and Munaf Patel.

Sachin Tendulkar was not taken in India’s tour of England squad due to his toe injury. However, he is still not fit and has not played in the CL T20.

Another key player, who has not been selected in the squad, is Virender Sehwag. Sehwag, who joined the team halfway during the Test series without getting fully recovered from a shoulder surgery, had to return home after aggravating pain in his shoulder.

Both Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag may be selected after the first two ODIs.

Yuvraj Singh broke his index finger and is yet to fully recover from his injury. Pace duo Ishant Sharma and Munaf Patel are out of the squad due to their ankle injury. They are now nursing from their injuries.

Rohit Sharma’s fitness is also questionable. So, he has less possibility to be available before the third ODI. He suffered a broken finger in England in the first ODI and had to return home.