Injury to key players has been a major concern for Team India of late.
Team India registered their tenth consecutive test series victory at home after beating West Indies comfortably by 10 wickets at Hyderabad on Sunday. It was a fairly comfortable series win for the number one ranked team playing at home for the first time since the one off test against Afghanistan back in June. The Indian team were however without the services of one of their most consistent performers in the longest format of the game in the last few years, Ishant Sharma, who failed to recover from injury ahead of the two match series.
The Delhi born pacer failed to clear the fitness test after having sustained an ankle injury in the fifth and final test against England at the Oval ahead of the two match series against the Carribean team. The pace bowling duo of Bhubaneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah were also rested after a highly successful campaign in the Asia Cup held in the UAE earlier in July, keeping in mind the Australia tour to be held later in the year.
The tall lanky pacer left the field in the fourth day of the final test match against England feeling pain in the ankle after having bowled only one over in the day. The injury to Ishant Sharma certainly caused a fair bit of worry to the Indian camp with the tour of Australia round the corner. The 30 year old however posted a pic of himself sweating it out at the gym, much to the relief of his teammates and the supporting staff. The Indian pace bowling spearhead has already undergone rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) after having recovered from injury and has taken to his official twitter handle to share the news with his fans and well wishers.
The recovery of Ishant Sharma, who finished the England series as the highest wicket taker for India and second overall behind England’s James Anderson, could be a massive boost to Team India’s confidence ahead of the big tour down under. Ishant Sharma, who has been a match winner for Team India in the longest format of the game in recent times, could serve as a lethal weapon for the visitors when they take on Australia later in the year.
Back to training…after injury recovery pic.twitter.com/VoDsv4NOt4
— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) October 15, 2018