Rohit to replace Sehwag as opener

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Star performer Virender Sehwag has been ruled out of India's opening World Twenty20 match against Bangladesh on Saturday.

Updated: June 10, 2009 18:29 IST
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Star batsman Virender Sehwag was on Friday ruled out of India's opening ICC World Twenty20 match against Bangladesh slated to be played on Saturday. Rohit Sharma will replace him.

The swashbuckling opener who is battling a shoulder injury, was out of the team in the two warm-up matches against New Zealand and Pakistan ahead of the tournament.

Sehwag's injury happened soon after the team's arrival in England, forcing captain MS Dhoni to gamble with the 22-year-old Sharma at the top of the order along with Gautam Gambhir.

Sharma shone in Wednesday's warm-up game against Pakistan at the Oval, masterminding India's emphatic nine-wicket win with a superb 80 off 53 balls that was studded with two sixes and six boundaries.

The youngster's 140-run opening stand with Gambhir delighted Dhoni, who said the problem of plenty was a blessing for the team.

India play Bangladesh in their opening game at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Saturday.

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