The India National Cricket Team is in massive trouble as their star pacer Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of IPL 2020 following a muscle tear in the ribs. This is a massive blow for team India as they are set to travel to Australia as soon as IPL 2020 comes to a halt on November 10.
Ishant has been an integral part of team India’s bowling attack, especially in Test cricket. He was among the leading Indian bowlers when the Men in Blue dominated Australia on their home soil back in 2018. On Monday, Delhi Capitals (DC) officially announced that Ishant has been ruled out of the remainder of IPL 2020 due to a muscle tear.
Though the extent of his injury hasn’t been reported yet, it is understood that the pacer will be out of action for at least three-four weeks, which puts a question mark over his availability for India’s tour of Australia starting next month.
Ishant Sharma Could Miss The Australia Tour This Year
Before the inception of the IPL this year, Ishant was suffering from back spasms and missed the first two matches. He made a comeback against Sunrisers Hyderabad, where he went wicketless before being benched for the subsequent fixtures. Delhi Capitals revealed that Ishant complained of pain in the left rib cage on October 7 and further tests confirmed that he has sustained a left internal oblique muscle tear.
While such injuries can sideline a player from a week to two months depending on the grade, indications are that Ishant will not be able to bowl at least for the next three weeks. He will return to India and like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, report to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru to undergo rehabilitation.
Indian Players Suffering Injury Is Certainly Something To Ponder About
The Indian Cricket team is one of the busiest cricket teams in the world. Cricket is the biggest sport in India and the cricketers are worshipped none less than God. This makes for a very busy schedule for the Indian team and puts a lot of pressure on the cricketers. As a result, they have been suffering injuries for quite some time now. Prior to the IPL, Rohit Sharma, Bhuveshwar Kumar, and Hardik Pandya were all injured.
During the IPL, Bhuvneshwar Kumar sustained a hip injury and was ruled out of the tournament. Now, Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of IPL 2020 and the BCCI should now ponder about the workload management of its cricketers so that they don’t sustain injuries on a regular basis.
With the selectors likely to name the squad for the Tests against Australia later this month, it remains to be seen if Ishant Sharma finds a place, as he would have to head Down Under without any match practice. With hardly any overs behind him, selectors may not be willing to risk him.