Yuvi out of SA tourney


The left-handed batsman sustained the injury during Wednesday morning’s practice session at the University ground here. The Indians were put through an intensive fielding and catching stint by fielding coach Robin Singh, and it was during that exercise that Yuvraj sustained the injury to his right hand, forcing him to go to the hospital for an exploratory X-ray.

The results revealed a fracture, ruling him out for six weeks, which means Yuvraj will not only miss the Champions Trophy but also almost certainly play no part in India’s seven-match one-day series at home against Australia beginning on October 25.

Virat Kohli, the right-handed batsman from Delhi, will come in as Yuvraj’s replacement with Gautam Gambhir named as Dhoni’s deputy. Kohli will fly out to South Africa as soon as all formalities are completed, now that his ratification as replacement for Yuvraj by the tournament’s technical committee has been done.

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