Indian pacer Mohammed Shami was on Saturday ruled out of India's limited-overs cricket series against Australia due to a hamstring injury. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will replace him for the five ODI and three Twenty20I series, starting here on January 12. (Read more Australia-India series stories here)
"The BCCI medical team confirms that Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of India's tour of Australia due to injury. He sustained a Grade II injury to his left hamstring, which will restrict him from playing active cricket for about 4 to 6 weeks," BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur said in a statement. (Mohammed Shami Makes a return to India squad)
"The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the replacement, who will join the team tomorrow."
Shami sustained the injury during a training session before the warm-up Twenty20 game against Western Australia, which the Indians yesterday.
The latest breakdown is a massive setback for Shami, who had returned to the side after being sidelined for nine months owing to injuries.
It can be considered a lucky break for Bhuvneshwar, who was dropped following a poor home series against South Africa last year. The 25-year-old had claimed his seven wickets from five matches at an average of 49.57 and an economy rate of 7.13.