ICC World Cup: Mohammed Shami turning out to be India's man Friday


India fast bowler Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of Saturday’s Group B match against UAE in Perth because of a knee injury.

“Mohammed Shami got a mild left-knee problem and had ultrasound-guided injection yesterday,” RN Baba, India’s media manager, said on the eve of the game. “For his long-term management perspective he won’t be available for tomorrow’s match against UAE.”

India’s back-up bowling options are medium-pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, seam-bowling allrounder Stuart Binny and left-arm spinner Axar Patel.

Shami took six wickets in India’s victories against Pakistan and South Africa, at an average of 10.83 and economy rate of 3.82. India’s next game – after the one against UAE – is against West Indies on March 6, also in Perth.