As India gears up to face the ‘Gayle’ storm and a resurgent West Indies in their semi-final clash at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, BCCI confirmed that Manish Pandey will replace the injured Yuvraj Singh.
In the must-win match against the Australians on Sunday, Yuvraj twisted his ankle while running between the wickets with partner Kohli.
According to reports, the team management were considering various options from their bench strength, Ajinkya Rahane or all-rounder Pawan Negi.
On Tuesday, Manish Pandey was seen practicing in Mumbai after being called by BCCI as potential cover for Yuvraj.
As per reliable sources, Yuvraj had gone for MRI scan on arrival. The senior batsman is doing his rehab with medical staff confident that he might be fit for semi-final.
In case Yuvraj doesn’t recover fully in time for the last-four game, either Rahane or Pandey might find a place in the playing XI on March 31 it was stated.
Pandey last played for India in the fifth and final ODI at Sydney in the bilateral series in Australia and signed off with a maiden century.
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, speaking after the six-wicket win last night, said he is open to changes in the playing XI if the conditions demand.
“I don’t know whether we should make changes but it is possible, depending on the wicket. We have to see Yuvraj’s injury as well. We would definitely like to have a replacement ready if the physio says his injury is bad,” he said.
The team management is assessing Yuvraj’s condition. The southpaw, who was dismissed on 21, was in pain after twisting his ankle and had to be attended by the physio in the middle.
Rahane should be match ready if the need arises and even before the Australia game, he had an extended session at the nets of the I S Bindra Stadium.
Shane Watson, who retired with the Mohali loss, was asked about his former IPL teammate Rahane not finding a place in the XI.
“Jinks (Rahane) I think is a very good player. But where do you fit him with the quality of Indian batting line-up? He certainly knows how to score in all conditions,” Watson had said.
(With agencies input)