After being ruled out of ongoing IPL, Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma is uncertain for team India’s tour of Australia next month. The 33-year old has complained of pain on his rib cage during a training session on October 7. Following which, he was taken for scans that revealed a muscle tear- subsequently ruling him out of the action for a minimum of three weeks.
On Monday, an official statement from franchise had read: “Ishant Sharma experienced an acute episode of left rib cage pain while bowling at a team training session on 7 October 2020 in Dubai. Subsequent investigations revealed that he sustained a left internal oblique muscle tear.”
Ishant Sharma has long tryst with injuries in last couple of years. In February, he was ruled out of the first Test match against New Zealand before making a comeback for IPL 2020. Ishant Sharma had a good IPL 2019 for Delhi Capitals but this year he missed first few matches due to niggle and managed to play a solitary game against Sunrisers Hyderabad this season.
The pacer has been sent to National Cricket Academy for the rehabilitation programme by BCCI, where he will train with another Indian Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was also ruled out of IPL 2020 following an injury.
Ishant Sharma has been India’s go to bowler when going gets tuff in a test match. If Ishant fails to recover in time for Australia tour, he will be dearly missed, particularly on the bouncy pitches of Australia which suit his bowling style.
Team India will tour to Australia in the end of November, where they will play full-fledged series comprising 4 Tests and limited overs lag across two months. In 97 Tests, Ishant has taken 297 wickets including 11 five-wicket hauls so far and his availability will be the key of how India performs in Australia.