ICC World Twenty20: Yuvraj Singh injury forces India to shun football 'practice'

Ahead of Friday's ICC World Twenty20 semifinal against South Africa, India are sweating over the fitness of Yuvraj Singh. Ajinkya Rahane may bat at No. 4 if Yuvraj fails a fitness test.

updated: April 03, 2014 12:27 IST
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Team India players kept a safe distance from the football during training in Dhaka on Wednesday. Yuvraj Singh's ankle injury has forced the team to adopt safety-first tactics ahead of Friday's ICC World Twenty20 semifinal against South Africa. (Also read: How stats back India to beat South Africa)

India's 2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj hurt his ankle while participating in a soccer-only training session in Mirpur (Dhaka) on Wednesday. The players were playing barefoot. Yuvraj already has a troublesome knee and the Indians are clearly sweating over the left-hander's fitness. While the extent of his injury is not known, the team's media manager R.N. Baba said: "Yuvraj had a blow on his left ankle, for precautionary reasons he is taking rest today." Most teams do not reveal the extent of injury to their key players for strategic reasons.

India, of course, are keeping their back-up plans ready. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were first off the block with their bats at the nets. Usually teams follow the likely batting order while training. India had opted for Ajinkya Rahane in place of Dhawan against Australia. If Yuvraj fails a fitness test, Rahane could be India's No. 4.

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