Manish Pandey drafted as cover for Yuvraj Singh

Manish Pandey drafted as cover for Yuvraj Singh
Manish Pandey (left) has scored just 19 runs from the two T20Is he played.
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Indian batsman Manish Pandey has been called up ahead of the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 as a cover for the injured Yuvraj Singh.

Singh twisted his ankle while batting during the must-win game against Australia and was evidently in discomfort during his stay at the crease in his 18-ball knock of 21 runs.

After the team arrived in Mumbai for their semi-final clash against West Indies, Singh was taken to a hospital for having an MRI scan on his ankle and the results of the scan are awaited.

During the press conference after the Australia game, Indian captain MS Dhoni said that the team wanted to have a replacement ready in case the injury to Singh is worse than expected.

“I don’t know whether we should make changes but it is possible, depending on the wicket,” said Dhoni.

“We have to see Yuvraj’s injury as well.

“We would definitely like to have a replacement ready if the physio says his injury is bad.”

Singh played a crucial rule in India’s victory against Australia by adding 45 runs in 6.2 overs with Virat Kohli, whose belligerent knock eventually secured a semi-final berth for India.

India already have Ajinkya Rahane in their squad for the ICC World T20 and if Singh is not fit for the semi-final, the 27-year-old is most likely to be drafted into the playing XI.

Pandey has only featured in two T20 Internationals for India, both against Zimbabwe in July 2015 but has 2654 runs from 125 T20 games including 11 fifties and a century.

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