In what could prove to be a significant blow to India’s hopes of making a comeback in the ongoing test series versus New Zealand, Ishant Sharma is unlikely to feature in the second test at Christchurch, that is set to begin on Saturday, due to the same ankle injury that had initially ruled him out of the whole test series.
The pacer bowled for about twenty minutes during the training session on Thursday, post which he began experiencing pain in the same ankle. To add further suspicion of recurrence of the injury, Ishant was present at the training session on the eve of the second test, but did not bowl in the nets at all. And now, according to reports, Ishant has been ruled out altogether from India’s final outing of their tour to New Zealand.
Ishant was the silver lining to India’s dismal outing in Wellington in the first test. The 31-year-old picked up a well earned five-er in the first innings with the other pacers going for plenty.
With the prospect of a comeback in the series already looking like a challenge in lieu of the performance in Wellington, losing Ishant Sharma for the decider will be an area of concern for the Indian camp to say the least.
A quick glance at the bench would spot Umesh Yadav and Navdeep Saini waiting in the wings and with the former getting a prolonged go with the new ball at the final session before the test, it seems likely that Umesh Yadav will play in place of Ishant.