In a welcome news, Ishant Sharma, senior pace bowler, have passed the fitness test at National Cricket Academy for the two test series in New Zealand. And now, Indian think tank and captain Virat Kohli along with coach Ravi Shastri can breathe easy after hearing this news.
Speaking to IANS, a source confirmed the news. “Yes, he has passed the fitness test and will join the Indian team for the Test series in New Zealand,” sources said.
Ishant Sharma will now join the team in New Zealand for the Two matches Test series starting February 21. However, there are still question marks over his participation in the first test match and the Indian team management stillsupposed to face selection dilemma ahead of the first Test.
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Ishant Sharma has been India’s go to bowler when going gets tuff in a test match. He was man of the match in India’s last test match against Bangladesh also. With Ishant’s match readiness still untested and Jasprit Bumrah struggling with his rhythm after comeback, they have to be overly dependent on Shami and just hope that from Yadav or Saini, if given a chance in the XI, comes good in the first test.
Ishant Sharma got injured in the round 6 of Ranji trophy in January. The senior pacer had hurt his ankle badly and the reports after the scans revealed a grade 3 tear in his ankle. After the injury, the pacer was sent to National Cricket Academy for the rehabilitation programme by BCCI. He was also included in the Test team for the NZ tour on the fitness grounds.
The first Test will be played from February 21 to 25 at Basin Reserve, Wellington. Both teams will give their all in the first game, as India will look to regain the lost momentum after T20 series and on the other hand, New Zealand will look to continue with the momentum they got in ODI series. The second Test will be played at Hagley Oval in Christchurch from February 29.