Senior Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma, who suffered an injury in a Ranji Clash last week, is still in the contention for the upcoming Two test series starting from 21 Feb against New Zealand. The news will definitely relieve the Indian team management as they are already running out of options at the moment because of freak injuries to their pacers.
Ishant Sharma got injured representing Delhi in their round 6 match of Ranjitrophy against Vidarbha last week. The senior pacer hurt his ankle badly in the fifth over of the second innings of Vidarbha. Ishant Sharma slipped while appealing for an lbw decision. He was immediately in immense pain and washobbled off the ground with the help of support staff. The reports after the scans claimed that the right-arm pacer had suffered a grade 3 tear and would miss out on playing the series.
But as per the latest reports by Mumbai Mirror, Ishant Sharma’s situation is not that worse also and he still have an outside chance of making it to the two Tests against the Black Caps.
A BCCI official, who has minutely details of the injury status, informed the news outlet that Ishant Sharma could well recover in time and make it to the New Zealand tests. As per the internal mail communication among the concerned authorities, the senior pacer is currently in the National Cricket Academy for his rehabilitation process and he will be assessed after he completes the rehabilitation process.
Indian pace contingent is already riddled with a number of injuries as swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar and pace all-rounder Hardik Pandya is still recovering from the injuries and Jasprit Bumrah has just made a comeback after a long layoff.
The selectors have already delayed the announcement of teams for the NZ tour after longer than expected rehab of Hardik Pandya. Now, with this huge blow they might be forced to call up some fringe players for the tour. The selectors are expected to announce the team any time soon.
India will play five T20Is, three ODIs and three Tests on the New Zealand tour. The tour will get away with a T20I on January 24.