Ishant Sharma likely to miss first part of IPL

Bad news keeps floating in for Indian cricket fans, as pacer Ishant Sharma is likely to miss the first part of of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as well after missing the second Test in Christchurch, provided he should undergo rehabilitation at the much-maligned National Cricket Academy (NCA).

The recurrence of injury has put Ishant’s IPL participation with Delhi Capitals into doubt.

Besides the resurfacing of Ishant’s anke injury has also left the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) red-faced, and put NCA head physio Ashish Kaushik under the scanner.

It was Kaushik who had given Ishant the green signal to take part in the Test series against New Zealand, despite earlier reports suggesting that the 31-year-old speedster needed to be out of action for six weeks after picking up the injury during a Ranji Trophy game against Vidarbha in January.

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Ishant had joined the Indian team in New Zealand 72 hours before the first Test in Wellington and bowled nearly 23 overs for a five-wicket haul in New Zealand’s first innings.

“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?” a BCCI insider questioned.

There are two more questions that need to be answered. Firstly, was there a greater push from the player himself to get fit in time for the Test series? Secondly, how thorough was the rehabilitation given that the team’s most senior pacer didn’t play a single competitive match?

 

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