New Delhi, Feb 8 (PTI) Kerala speedster S Sreesanth todayreplaced injured paceman Praveen Kumar in the Indian squad forthe upcoming cricket World Cup starting later this month.
Praveen who sustained an elbow injury during the SouthAfrica ODI series failed to recuperate in time and was ruledout after it became clear that he won''t be fit by the timeIndia play their first match against Bangladesh on February19.
"Praveen Kumar has been ruled out of the ICC CWC 2011 dueto an elbow injury. The All-India Senior Selection Committeehas picked S Sreesanth as Praveen Kumar�s replacement in theIndian team for the tournament", BCCI Secretary N Srinivasansaid in a press release.
"The ICC has confirmed that Praveen Kumar can be replacedin the squad by Sreesanth," he added.
Time was always running out for Praveen who was sent toLondon by the Indian Board to get his elbow injury checked byfamous British surgeon Dr Andrew Wallace who had earliertreated Sachin Tendulkar for his tennis elbow problem.
However, yesterday when Praveen was put through therigorous fitness test at the National Cricket Academy inBangalore, it was clear that the Uttar Pradesh seamer was notat the peak of his fitness which is expected for a bigtournament like the World Cup.
That Sreesanth will get the nod became clear as the pacerwas also asked to appear for a fitness test in Bangaloreyesterday as the board knew Praveen may not pass the test.
Sreesanth, who got a lucky break, has so far played 51ODIs and has taken 75 wickets. However, it is his economy rateof 6.01 which has been a problem as he has a tendency to gowayward at times.
But the biggest positive about the temperamental pacer ishis ability swing the ball at a brisk pace and produce impactdeliveries like the one that got rid of an injured JaquesKallis during the recent Durban Test match.