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Around a week ahead of the away Test series beginning, the Indian team dressing room has got a massive boost. The tall experienced right-arm pacer Ishant Sharma, who was in the recovery process from an ankle injury, has reportedly passed the fitness test and will soon join the Indian team.
The Indian team is currently busy in New Zealand tour where they are preparing for the two-match Test series against the hosts. The Test series will begin on 21st February, and this series is the part of the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship.
During the Group Stage match of the Ranji Trophy 2019/20 against the defending champions Vidarbha in last month, the 31-year-old Delhi right-arm pacer Ishant Sharma suffered a Grade 3 tear on his right ankle. Though he has been selected for the Test series in New Zealand tour, the tall pacer had to face the rehabilitation process, and there was a big uncertainty for his participation in the ongoing New Zealand tour.
Ahead of the Test series, while the other Indian Test players are currently busy in the three-day tour game against the New Zealand XI, Ishant is in India and most recently faced the fitness test at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).
According to a recent IANS report, Ishant Sharma passed the recent fitness test and will join the Test team soon in New Zealand.
A source told IANS, “Yes, he has passed the fitness test and will join the Indian team for the Test series in New Zealand.”
Earlier, there was a report that Ishant Sharma would miss the Test series in New Zealand as he had been advised to take rest for a longer period.
DDCA director Sanjay Bhardwaj earlier claimed according to IANS, “He has been advised complete rest for six weeks, so there is little chance of him playing the Test series against New Zealand next month. When he goes to the National Cricket Academy will depend on his getting into a position where he can walk properly.”
Ishant Sharma is a crucial bowler in the present Indian Test squad
Ishant Sharma is the third most Test wicket-takers among the Indian pacers. The tall right-arm pacer has taken 292 wickets in 96 Tests. In 2019, Ishant was India’s second most Test wicket-taker as he took 25 wickets in six matches.
In New Zealand, Ishant Sharma has taken 23 wickets in five Tests – third most Test wickets by an Indian bowler in New Zealand.