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(From left) Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Harbhajan Singh, Pawan Negi, or Mohammed Shami: Who will play in place of Yuvraj Singh? © Getty Images and AFP

Yuvraj Singh twisted his ankle while batting in the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 virtual quarter-final between India and Australia at Mohali. Yuvraj continued to bat through the injury, eventually contributing a crucial 21 runs before being dismissed. India managed to win that match thanks to a Virat Kohli masterpiece, and India made it to the semi-final stage, where they are slated to take on West Indies in the second semi-final. However, they will do so without the services of Yuvraj, who has been ruled out for the remainder of the tournament. Live Cricket Scorecard: India vs West Indies, T20 World Cup 2016, 2nd Semi-Final at Mumbai

Let us look at who could potentially replace Yuvraj in the semi-final. The first option is to replace him with a frontline batsman. Ajinkya Rahane and Manish Pandey — who has been named as Yuvraj’s replacement — are the two batsmen who could take his place in the side. Then there is the left-arm spinning all-rounder Pawan Negi, and the two full-time bowlers, Harbhajan Singh and Mohammed Shami. ALSO READ: Yuvraj Singh ruled out of T20 World Cup 2016: All-rounder’s contribution in recent success goes beyond numbers

Ajinkya Rahane: If India opt for Rahane, they will be taking a bit of a risk as it is highly unlikely he will bat higher than No. 4. Going by the past performances, it can be said that Rahane has not quite mastered the art of batting in the middle order in T20Is, so unless India shuffle their batting order to make Rahane open with Shikhar Dhawan and push Rohit down to No. 4 — which MS Dhoni will probably not want to do — Rahane’s chances look bleak.

Manish Pandey: In all likelihood, this is the change we will see. Pandey can bat at No. 4 and take his time before cashing in with the big shots. Pandey is capable of playing both the careful accumulator and the big-hitting middle-order batsman as per the need of the hour. Pandey has batted everywhere in the top six, so Dhoni can use him as a floater as and where needed. The flipside to Pandey is that he has little to no match practice since scoring a match-winning century for India against Australia in the fifth ODI at Sydney earlier this year. ALSO READ: Manish Pandey perfect candidate to replace Yuvraj Singh in T20 World Cup 2016 semi-final against West Indies

Pawan Negi: Another possibility for India is to bring in Negi and push Dhoni and Hardik Pandya up the order. Negi is capable of playing some big shots down the order, and can potentially come in at No. 7 or 8 as a power hitter. Negi will also provide India with another spin option, and given West Indies’ propensity to capitulate against spin Dhoni will consider bringing in Negi. Negi had bowled wonderfully in the warm-up match between India and West Indies, which will also work in his favour.

Harbhajan Singh: There is no doubting who India will be most wary of from the West Indian side. Christopher Henry Gayle can single-handedly destroy an opposition, and India will desperately want to see the back of the Caribbean juggernaut as early as possible. With him out of the way, the West Indian line-up looks less threatening than most India have faced this year. With that in mind, India may consider Harbhajan, but his lack of batting prowess could work against him.

Mohammed Shami: The least likely choice to replace Yuvraj, Shami has not played an international match this year. Barring an injury to one of India’s frontline pacers it is unlikely he will get to play. He is certainly not likely to replace Yuvraj in the line-up.

Conclusion: Pandey or Negi are the most likely choices to replace Yuvraj, though there is a faint chance that Rahane or Harbhajan will make it to the side. There is almost no chance for Shami.

(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is an animal lover and comic, film and TV geek. A fast bowler at heart, he enjoys watching a good, low-scoring game of cricket. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)