Veteran Indian pacer Ishant Sharma suffered an injury on his bowling hand during the closing stages of the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand.
It all happened during the 45th over of New Zealand’s second innings when Ross Taylor hit a ferocious drive straight back at Ishant.
Ishant Sharma managed to save the boundary but in the process, he proceeded to hurt his fingers.
The veteran seamer looked in considerable pain and was immediately attended by the medical staff, post which he left the field midway through the over.
A day after the final, BCCI content head Rajal Arora shared an Instagram story where Ishant Sharma was seen with multiple stitches on his middle and fourth fingers.
Ishant’s injury has cast doubts on his participation in the forthcoming five-match Test series against England which is set to get underway from August 04.
However, a BCCI official has confirmed to PTI that the injury isn’t that serious and the stitches will be off in around 10 days and with over a month left for the Test series, the veteran pacer is expected to fully recover by that time.
”Ishant has had multiple stitches on his middle and fourth finger in his right hand. However, it is not very serious. The stitches will be off in around 10 days and with six weeks left for the first Test against England, he is expected to recover in time,” the official revealed.
Meanwhile, the Indian contingent has dispersed to London and they will now be leaving foe their respective holiday destinations within the UK for a 20-day break.
The squad will convene around July 13-14 in Durham before travelling to Nottingham where the first Test will be played from August 04.
”The squad travelled together to London. From here they can all leave for their respective destinations within the UK for a 20-day break. Some of them are tennis fans and if Wimbledon allows spectators, you might see them going for some of the show court matches. A few might be checking out if tickets for the Euro games at Wembley are available,” the official concluded.