Indian pace contingent suffered one more body blow on Monday when Senior pacer Ishant Sharma got injured representing Delhi in their round 6 match of Ranji trophy against Vidarbha. The senior pacer has hurt his ankle badly just before the announcement of the Test squad.
Indian pace contingent is already riddled with a number of injuries as swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar and pace all-rounder is still recovering from the injuries and Jasprit Bumrah has just made a comeback after a long layoff. With Ishant Shrama injured Indian management does not have many to choose from as was the best bowler after Bumrah on foreign tours for India.
In the fifth over of the second innings of Vidarbha, Ishant Sharma slipped while appealing for an lbw decision. The veteran bowler was in immense pain as he hobbled off the ground with the help of support staff. The physio gave him immediate treatment.
Now Ishant will head to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) at Bengaluru for rehabilitation process. Ishant Sharma was in good form in the Ranji Trophy as the speedster took three wickets for just 45 runs against Vidarbha in the first innings also.
Though the extent of the injury is still unknown but India will hope that the injury is not serious and the test veteran recovers in time for the Test series against NZ which will start from February 21.
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 in this week only.
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.