Cuttack: Praveen Kumar's injury is worse than initially feared, and the Indian fast bowler will now miss the entire one-day series against West Indies as well as the Test series in Australia that follows it.
Kumar, 25, was initially ruled out of the first three ODIs of the ongoing five-match series because of a chest injury. However, a further scan on Monday revealed that the Indian fast bowler has a fractured rib, after the report of his tests came through on Tuesday.
He has also been battling against a recurring elbow problem, which kept him out of his team's successful 50-over World Cup campaign at home earlier this year.
Kumar is expected to recover in 5-6 weeks, and has therefore been ruled out of India's forthcoming games. Abhimanyu Mithun, 22, had already been called up to replace him in the squad for the opening three ODIs. His replacement for the Australia tour will be named on December 5, when the selectors meet in Ahmedabad to pick the Indian team for the last two ODIs against the West Indies.
R Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron are the other fast bowlers in the ODI squad. The hosts, who won the three-match Test series 2-0 against West Indies, have also rested Sachin Tendulkar, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and hard-hitting batsman Yuvraj Singh for the one-dayers.
After the first match in Cuttack on Tuesday, there will be games in Visakhapatnam (December 2), Ahmedabad (December 5), Indore (December 8) and Chennai (December 11).
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