Manish Pandey to replace Yuvraj Singh following ankle injury  © AFP
Manish Pandey to replace Yuvraj Singh following ankle injury © AFP

India suffered a serious blow ahead of the semi-final of ICC T20 World Cup 2016 against West Indies at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, as Yuvraj Singh picked up an injured ankle that may rule him out of the tournament. Manish Pandey might get lucky and get to play in the knock-out game as reports suggest that he has been called up as cover. Pandey’s last international innings was a match-winning century in the fifth One-Day International (ODI) match against Australia earlier in the year. Ajinkya Rahane is also an option, but given his lack of match practice Pandey could get the nod. READ: Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni: Even the greatest have cracking points

Yuvraj, who has been a part of India’s line-up since his comeback against Australia in the Twenty20 International (T20I) series earlier in the year, picked up an injury after he tripped in the match against Australia. It was off only his second ball that he picked up the injury. The left-handed batsman fell down after completing the run and signalled for medics. He continued to bat after that, hobbling his way to the other end unable to convert ones into twos and twos into threes. He was not able to rotate the strike either, which led to the required run-rate shooting up to more than 10 an over. READ: Virat Kohli’s top 5 ODI chases

Despite Yuvraj’s injury Virat Kohli was in a different zone against Australia, playing the role of an anchor the moment he came in to bat. He was running short of partners with Shikhar Dhawan getting out cheaply and Yuvraj struggling to run between the wickets due to injury in his left foot. The run-rate was mounting when MS Dhoni came to the crease. Kohli was under immense pressure keeping in mind that this match was a virtual quarter-final. With Dhoni as his companion, running between the wickets was no longer an issue. Kohli finally took the matter in his own hands when India needed 39 runs off 18 deliveries. He thrashed James Faulkner and Nathan Coulter-Nile and India won with 5 balls to spare.