Nehra in doubt for World Cup 2011 final due to finger injury
Ashish Nehra, The veteran pacer of team India is doubtful to make it to Mumbai for the ICC world Cup 2011 final showdown. Reports say that Nehra injured his finger during the semifinal against Pakistan. India will face Sri Lanka at Wankhede stadium Mumbai
Team India’s manager Ranjib Biswal confirmed that Nehra is showing positive response in recovering and he is hopeful to be fit before Saturday. A fitness test on Friday will decide the fate of Nehra, whether he will make it for the final or not.
There was another worrying sign for India during the same game as Gautam Gambhir went off the field and did not return. Gambhir is expected to be completely fit for the final though. His fate also rests on a fitness test which will be conducted today.
Nehra suffered this injury as he attempted a difficult catch against Pakistan during the second Semi-final. Nehra was placed at deep mid-wicket when Afridi pulled one towards him. Nehra fractured his finger while attempting a blinder.
At first it looked that Nehra had completed the catch. But Nehra was unsure about it so the decision referred to the third umpire. The Third umpire reviewed the replays and concluded that the ball did bounce before ending up in Nehra’s hands.
Grimacing with pain, Nehra was still able to complete the match with his finger taped. Nehra is one of the most experienced pacers in the current Indian side. During his career, Nehra has helped India towards famous wins over the course of his career. Luckily,
Nehra suffered the injury on his non-bowling hand. He was able to finish his spell at the end of the innings.
The major worry for the Indians is that Nehra is unable to field and a bowler has to spend time on the field to be allowed to bowl his full quota of overs.
Nehra’s name appeared in the playing XI rather surprisingly in the semifinal as India had been playing the extra spinner in R Ashwin throughout the tournament. M.S Dhoni later accepted his mistake of not reading the pitch correctly even though Nehra picked
up 2 wickets for 33 in 10 overs.
The talented young spin wizard R Ashwin is expected to make his return for India on Saturday when they will face Sri Lanka in the final showdown of the world cup. If Nehra fails the fitness test, the Indians might find themselves a pacer short in what is
expected to be an intense battle for ultimate cricketing glory.
India has the option of turning to Sreesanth as the third pacer. Sreesanth however has not played much in the competition so far and cannot relied upon as a strike bowler in this huge match.
Ashish Nehra’s performance has not lived up to the expectations so far in this world cup. He was the main culprit in India’s defeat against South Africa in the group stages where he conceded 16 runs in the final over of the match. The Indians therefore,
have their share of problems to overcome as they decide on their lineup for the much awaited All-Asian finale.