Ever since arriving in Sri Lanka on July 9, India have never gone into a match with all the squad members being available for selection. The trend will continue on Tuesday when they face New Zealand in the opening encounter of the tri-series.
Fast bowler Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of the match with a sore ankle. “Ishant is not available (due to an) ankle problem,” skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Monday.
Ishant, who bowled 99 overs during the Test series that concluded in Colombo on Saturday, was picked for one-dayers for the first time. Ishant had played his last one-dayer in December 2009 against Sri Lanka and he will have to wait to prove his credentials in the shorter format.
The only good thing is that he has a lot of time to recover for the next tie. After Tuesday, India have a five-day gap before the next encounter. New Zealand too are struggling with a “couple of illnesses,” according to skipper Ross Taylor. But the hard-hitting batsman made it clear that all 15 members will be available for selection.
Dhoni, who struggled while keeping wickets during the third Test because of an injured right-hand finger, laughed at the suggestion of leaving the glove-work to Dinesh Karthik.
“There is still a bit of pain but I don't think that will stop me from playing games,” he said. Dhoni spelt out the team's injury management plan going into the World Cup, which starts in February.
“If we find some player with a niggle which can convert into a major injury, then we give them some rest,”added Dhoni