India's Nehra likely shelved with broken finger
Pace bowler Ashish Nehra is likely to miss Saturday's Cricket World Cup final against Sri Lanka because of a broken finger, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.
"You can say that Ashish Nehra is most likely ruled out," Dhoni told a media conference Friday. "Scans show he has a multiple fracture in one of the fingers."
Nehra injured his finger while fielding at deep mid-wicket in the semifinal win over Pakistan at Mohali on Wednesday.
The left-arm bowler tried to scoop up a catch from Shahid Afridi off Yuvraj Singh's bowling when he injured the middle finger of his right hand.
He got the finger treated immediately and went on to bowl three more overs in the match.
Dhoni suggested pace bowler Shantakumaran Sreesanth was likely to replace Nehra in the team because India expected the pitch at Wankhede Stadium to help seam bowlers.
"We feel a third seamer can have an impact on the game," Dhoni said. "We have not been able to give Sreesanth enough games in this tournament but are confident that, if he plays, he will be in a good frame of mind.
Nehra took 2-33 in an accomplished bowling performance in the semifinals, his best in three matches in the tournament.
Sreesanth has not figured in a game since an unimpressive outing in the tournament opener against Bangladesh at Dhaka on Feb. 19.
Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel are the other pace bowlers in the team.