In a big setback to India fast bowler Ishant Sharma is in doubt for the tour of Australia later this year after sustaining an injury during the Indian Premier League. Ishant suffered an abdominal muscle tear while training in the Delhi Capitals camp. He has already been ruled out for the remainder of the IPL 2020 and is now understood to be in doubt for India’s Australia tour towards the end of the year.
According to the sources, the nature of injury to Ishant is serious and can put him out of action for close to a 6-7 weeks.Earlier Ishant who has played 97 test matches for India was completely ruled out of the ongoing season of IPL 2020 after playing just one game.
“Ishant Sharma experienced an acute episode of left rib cage pain while bowling at a team training session on 7 October in Dubai. Subsequent investigations revealed that he sustained a left internal oblique muscle tear. This injury will unfortunately rule him out of the remainder of the IPL 2020,” the release said.
Having picked up 11 wickets from three matches at an average of 23.82 when India claimed a historic Test series win in Australia in 2018-19, Ishant was considered as one of the most important cog in the wheel of India’s fast bowling line up. Ishant has made his debut in 2007 and has picked up 297 wickets. His last Test match was in New Zealand earlier this year when he took a five-wicket haul in the first innings but again because of injury could not participate in rest of the tour.
India Tour of Australia : Selection Committee meeting likely on 20th October to pick Indian team for the tour
Cricket Australia is yet to announce the itinerary for the much awaited tour as the final signings off with Queensland State government is still pending. On the other hand BCCI is likely to convene online meeting of selection committee on 20th October to select the Indian team for the tour.
With Bhuvneshwar & Ishant injured now, selectors will have their task cut out to select right partners for Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami for the test matches. Umesh Yadav and Navdeep Saini is likely to be considered as replacements if Ishant fails to recover on time after his rehab.
The good news for Ishant and the Indian team is that test match series will be only played after 3 T20 and 3 ODI games series. According to the tentative schedule Test Match series is scheduled to start on 17th December. Will this time be enough for Ishant to recover from his injury or not, only time will tell – for now the Indian pace spearhead stays doubtful for the tour of Australia.