India’s senior-most pacer Ishant Sharma injured his ankle during a Ranji Trophy game between Delhi and Vidarbha.
The injury came in while he was bowling and the extent of it is not known. He, however, looked in pain as he hobbled off the ground with the help of support staff.
The injury happened in the fifth over of Vidarbha’s second innings and Ishant’s third over.
Spearheading the Delhi attack, Ishant had taken three wickets for 45 runs.
This injury can prove to be a massive blow for Indian squad who are leaving for New Zealand.
The Test squad announcement for the tour is just around the corner and the 31-year-old pacer was expected to play an important role during the upcoming series.
Team India will be playing two Test matches, beginning February 21 in Wellington.
The veteran is expected to be in the Test squad and his next outing is supposed to be a practice match in Hamilton.
However, if the injury turns out to be serious, he won’t travel overseas and will be going to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for a rehabilitation programme.
Courtesy : DNA