Delhi Capitals and India’s veteran pacer Ishant Sharma suffered ankle injury joining the list of injured players who might be ruled out of the first half of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season. The re-occurrence of his ankle injury happened at the start of the New Zealand tour. Sharma is not the only one who suffered from the injury as team India faces injury blow for quite some time now.
Joining India’s squad while recovering from a prior injury, Sharma bowled 22.2 overs and took 5 wickets during the first Test match against home team. India lost the game by a margin of 10 wickets and left their pacer injured days before the second Test. The same injury will also force him to some of Delhi Capitals’ first couple of matches in the IPL, some of which are vital matches.
According to reports, the 31-year-old Indian fast bowler might have to undergo rehab at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) again following the previous a similar ankle injury in the past. As recently announced by the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, all players who would undergo rehab due to injury are only allowed to use the NCA facility while resting.
Earlier, NCA gave Sharma a permission to play with India despite recovering from the ankle injury that first occurred in January. NCA head physio Ashish Kaushik is now under fire because of his clearance to the recovering Sharma just 72 hours before the first Test. The BCCI is yet to provide details and release a statement regarding the Sharma’s injury, but a BCCI official has questioned NCA’s decision:
“Once Ishant was ruled out for six weeks by the Delhi team physio after his scan reports revealed Grade 3, how did Kaushik and the NCA team come to conclusion that three weeks is good enough for return to competitive cricket?” the official asked. Another question that has not given in full details yet if whether Sharma himself pushed the NCA officials to declare him fit.
Previously, franchise owners requested the board to move the All-Star game in fears of injury from their players. The Board of Control for Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) later announced that they will move the charity fixture in a later date. Originally, the one-fixture only match was set three days before the start of the season, but they change it after the season instead.
The start of the new will be on March 29 and will end on May 24. Capitals will play their first match against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on March 30. Without Sharma, Capital might have to sign a replacement if he isn’t ready for the league. We have a lot of exciting promotions coming exclusively for you if you visit us and sign up now at 12BET, the trusted name in Indian online betting.