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Team India latest: Mohit Sharma replaces injured Ishant Sharma

Mohit Sharma. (Getty)


World Cup organsiers on Sunday accepted India's request to include seamer Mohit Sharma in place of pace spearhead Ishant Sharma, who was ruled out of the tournament due to a knee injury.

The World Cup's technical committee had agreed to make the change in the defending champions' 15-man squad led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the International Cricket Council said in a statement.

The lanky Ishant, the most experienced seamer in India's current squad with 106 wickets from 76 one-day internationals, has not played since being injured during the Boxing Day Test against Australia in Melbourne in December.

Mohit, 26, who has played 12 one-dayers and taken 10 wickets, is already in Australia as an additional member of the team that played in the recent tri-series that also featured England.

India, who lost the preceding Test series against Australia 2-0 and failed to make the tri-series final, open their World Cup campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan in Adelaide on February 15.