Shami will not play the match tomorrow at WACA ground due to a "mild left knee problem". He had ultrasound guided injection yesterday. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is likely to replace him. ('Not intimidated by India's big stars')
India's media manager confirmed today that Shami will miss the tie. "Mohammed Shami has got a mild left knee problem and had ultrasound guided injection yesterday," RN Baba said.
This is a big setback for India as Shami was the team's leading wicket-taker so far at the World Cup. He has 6 scalps from 2 matches with an impressive average of 10.83 and an economy of 3.82.
So far he has bowled 17 overs in two innings and has figures of 6/65 with 2 maidens. He took 4 wickets (4/35) against Pakistan in the opener and had 2 victims in the South Africa match at Melbourne.
The 24-year-old has played 42 ODIs and has 76 wickets to his name. He is expected to recover in time to play the next match against West Indies on March 6.