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Umesh Yadav replaces injured Praveen Kumar

New Delhi: Unheralded Vidarbha pacer Umesh Yadav will fly to West Indies on Friday to replace Praveen Kumar, who was today ruled out of the ongoing Twenty20 World Cup due to a side strain.

Though the news came like a bolt from the blue for Umesh, it has been learnt that his ability to bowl at 140-145 mph has impressed one and all during the IPL-3.

The 22-year Delhi Daredevils bowler also has the special ability to bowl yorkers and bouncers at a fast pace.

"Praveen Kumar has sustained a side strain and has been ruled out of the ICC World T20 2010, as a result. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has picked Umesh Yadav as his replacement," the BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said in a statement.

Praveen, who had played both the group matches against Afghanistan and South Africa, had sustained the injury during a practice session at the 3Ws Oval and the Indian team management sent him for an MRI which revealed a a tear in abdomen muscle.

Interestingly, Yadav was not part of the pool of 30 probables and he now needs a nod from the tournament`s technical committee, which is expected to be a formality.

PTI

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