Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma, who is recovering from the mosquito-borne Chikungunya, is set to miss the first Test against New Zealand in Kanpur starting on 22nd September.
Former Indian skipper and current head coach, Anil Kumble, confirmed that Sharma will not be a part of the first Test but refused to rule him out of the series just yet.
"We will be closely monitoring his progress with the doctors, and then we will take a call about his fitness after this Test," said Kumble.
Kumble also stated that the team management has not asked for a replacement player for the first Test.
"For this Test match the team management has decided we won't need a replacement."
India still have Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Mohammad Shami in the side, but given the dry nature of the pitch in Kanpur, there is a possibility that the hosts will field a spin-heavy bowling attack.
Having made his debut in 2007, Sharma is currently the most experienced fast bowler in the Indian side with 209 wickets from 72 Test matches.
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