Injury rules Virender Sehwag out of Asia Cup

Updated: Jun 21, 2010, 19:51 PM IST

Zeecric Bureau

Dambulla: Team India received a huge blow as opener Virender Sehwag was ruled out of the ongoing Asia Cup cricket tournament because of a hamstring injury.

Wicketkeepr batsman Dinesh Karthik has been named as replacement for the hard-hitting batsman.

Sehwag had sustained the hamstring injury during the thrilling win over Pakistan in the Asia Cup here on Saturday.

The swashbuckling opener pulled his right hamstring in India’s pulsating one-ball-to-spare win over Pakistan. Sehwag was in pain during his his 30-ball stay at the wicket and was assisted by Suresh Raina as a runner.

With there being no specialist opener in the reserves, India would have to promote either Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma to open the innings in Sehwag’s absence.

“He has pulled his hamstring. The physio has been taking care of him, But we will take a call on his fitness tomorrow,” said team manager Ranjib Biswal.

Biswal, however, said pacer Ashish Nehra, who was nursing back spasms, is completely fit now.

“Nehra had back spasms during the first match. But he has recovered completely and should be ready for the games against Sri Lanka,” said Biswal.