Munaf called-up by India
India have called Munaf Patel into their one-day squad for the tri-series in Australia as a replacement for the injured RP Singh.
Last Updated: 30/01/08 11:19am
India have called-up Munaf Patel into their one-day squad for the Commonwealth Bank tri-series in Australia as a replacement for injured paceman RP Singh.
Singh picked up a hamstring injury during the fourth Test against Australia which has ruled him out of the one-day series, and he has now returned to India.
Munaf has now been called up and he will be part of the one-day squad to take on the Aussies and Sri Lanka in the three-team competition.
India also have an injury worry over big-hitting batsman Yuvraj Singh, and they will be bringing Manoj Tiwary over to Australia as cover for the left-hander.
Yuvraj is currently recovering from a knee injury and is almost certainly out of the opening match of the triangular series against Australia in Brisbane on Sunday.
22-year-old Bengal batsman Tiwary is hoping to get the opportunity to impress should he step in for Yuvraj, and believes he has what it takes to succeed in the international arena.
"I knew all along that chances will once again come my way," he told the Asian Age. "I am not at all nervous.
"I am a strong person mentally. I am ready to fight.
"For the last seven days I have been practising keeping precisely the Australian conditions in mind.
"I have been using a wet tennis ball and synthetic ball to cope with the extra bounce in Australia."
The second game of the series will see India take on Sri Lanka in Brisbane on Tuesday.