Bad news for Indian Test captain Virat Kohli, as pace bowling spearhead Ishant Sharma has suffered a hamstring injury and did not take the field on the third day of Delhi’s Ranji Trophy match against Haryana.
Ishant bowled six overs on the second day evening but did not take the field on the third day at all.
Asked about Ishant’s absence from action, a member of Delhi team management said that he has pulled his hamstring. Delhi bowling did lack incisiveness in Ishant’s absence as Haryana managed 265 in their second innings with Manan Sharma picking six wickets.
It is still not clear as to how serious is Ishant’s hamstring injury. Normally a hamstring injury takes anything between two to six weeks depending on the extent of the injury.
Ishant, in any case, will be missing the first Test due to ICC ban but if hamstring injury turns out to be serious then it might lead him to miss the second Test in Bengaluru as well.
The Indian team for the final two Test matches will be selected on Monday, October 19.
Ishant’s teammate Pradeep Sangwan has said that the physio has advised him to rest for four days. “The physio has advised Ishant four days of rest and an MRI would also probably be done,” said Sangwan.
Ishant’s injury means that the national team selection committee would not consider the pacer for the last two ODIs of the five-match series against South Africa, selection for which is scheduled to be held on Monday. This also effectively rules him out of Delhi’s next Ranji match against Bengal.