Ishant Sharma Doubtful For India's Australia Tour
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Ishant Sharma Doubtful For India’s Australia Tour

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma

Ishant Sharma, the lanky tall pacer remains doubtful for the Australia tour that is tentatively set to commence in December 2020. On 12th October the speedster was ruled out from participating further in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after sustaining a muscle tear after experiencing excruciating pain in his rib-cage on October 7.

In the ongoing IPL 2020, he had played only a solitary game for the Delhi Capitals (DC) before getting ruled out. He played against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) but failed to add to his tally of 72 wickets from 90 IPL matches. He conceded 26 runs in 3 overs.

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma. Photo: BCCI

Ishant Sharma Is The Latest Addition In List Of Ruled Out Injured Players

Ishant Sharma became the second player of Delhi Capitals to be ruled out after spinner Amit Mishra, the 2nd highest wicket-taker in IPL history with 160 wickets in 150 matches was ruled out of IPL 2020 following an injury to his ring finger of his bowling hand. Another DC spinner Ravichandran Ashwin suffered the injury but recovered to play later.

Ravichandran Ashwin injured
Ravichandran Ashwin Injured. Image Credits: Twitter

“Ishant Sharma experienced an acute episode of left rib cage pain while bowling at a team training session on 7 October 2020 in Dubai. Subsequent investigations revealed that he sustained a left internal oblique muscle tear,” the franchise said in a statement.

As per reports in The Indian Express, Ishant Sharma won’t be able to bowl for the upcoming three weeks, although such injuries normally keep a player out from cricketing action for around two months. The pacer will undergo rehabilitation at Bangalore’s National Cricket Academy (NCA) as he will return to India.

Ishant Sharma Becomes 3rd Indian After Amit Mishra, Buvneshwar Kumar To Be Ruled Out Of IPL For Injury

Ishant Sharma became the third Indian to be ruled out after pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar of SunRisers Hyderabad was ruled out after match against CSK  in Dubai earlier this month. Bhuvneshwar Kumar had picked 3 wickets from 4 matches in IPL 2020 averaging 33 before injury saw him not completing his 4th over. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is 6th on leading IPL wicket-takers with 136 wickets from 121 matches averaging 23.91.

The national selectors are likely to announce the squad later this month for Australian tour so it will be noticed if both the players get picked or if any of them or both misses the tour due to injuries.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Image Credit: IPL.

Ishant Sharma had another injury concern earlier in 2020 as he tweaked his ankle during a domestic Ranji Trophy game becoming uncertain for the following tour to New Zealand. However, the pacer played the opening Test but missed the second Test in Christchurch against Black Caps owing to the injury.

The 6′ 4” tall right-arm medium pacer Ishant Sharma who is nearing both 300 wickets and 100 Test appearances having 297 wickets in 97 tests has been an integral part of India’s Test team setup, though he last played an ODI in 2016 and T20I in 2013.

Ishant Sharma averages 32.39 in Tests with as much as 11 five-wicket hauls. Ishant Sharma has contributed in India’s rise on top of the points table in the ICC World Test Championship.

Delhi Capitals face Rajasthan Royals next as along with Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra’s absence, Rishabh Pant too is injured and has been advised a week’s rest.

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