India Struggle With Ishant Sharma Injury

India Struggle With Ishant Sharma Injury
Ishant Sharma having failed to recover from knee injury is doubtful for the World Cup.
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India's World Cup crusade has taken a major jolt as pace spearhead, Ishant Sharma's participation in the tournament has become uncertain after failing to recover from a knee injury.

Ishant injured his knee during the Boxing Day Test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, following which he was ruled out of the fourth Test.

The 26-year-old was seen on the sidelines during the One-Day International tri-series and was finally included in the team against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, but unfortunately rain ensured only 16 overs of play in which Ishant didn’t get a chance to bowl.

In a virtual semi-final against England, Ishant was once again sidelined with Mohit Sharma taking his place in the team.

Indian captain MS Dhoni, when asked about the injury, stated that Ishant had suffered from a sore knee in the net session and the team management did not want him to be risked further.

"He bowled in the nets, and after that he had a sore knee because of the nets session.” Dhoni stated.

“Before that also he was bowling but he was fine, but by the time we came for the press conference there was no niggle as such.

“This came to our notice by evening but it was too late for us to do anything. Also we didn't want to push him. Because if there is a niggle it may turn into an injury."

The Indian skipper further stated that Ishant might be fit in four days as per the report from the physio.

"According to the physio, he may be fit in the next four days.

“That's what they are saying. Apart from that, I am not a physio, I don't know.

I just ask him who all are available and he tells me who are the guys who are available. I am okay with it."

Meanwhile, Mohit Sharma and Dhawal Kulkarni who were in the tri-series squad will stay back as cover for the injured fast bowler.

© Cricket World 2015

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