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ENG vs IND 2021: Ishant Sharma To Play Against England Despite Getting Stitches

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Ishant Sharma. Photo Credit: (TOI)

India’s senior Test match specialist pacer Ishant Sharma sustained an injury on his right hand. The injury also required multiple stitches however Sharma is expected to recover before Virat Kohli and company play a five-match Test series against England in the second half of the English summer, the series will begin from the 4th of August.

The 32-year-old suffered an injury when he tried to stop a bowl on his delivery against New Zealand in the second innings of the historic World Test Championship final which The Blackcaps eventually won by defeating India and winning the game by 8 wickets. During the match, Ishant Sharma was immediately taken off the field as he was bleeding.

BCCI senior official clarified that the injury Ishant suffered on his fourth finger is not very serious and he will recover very quickly.

“Ishant has had multiple stitches on his middle and fourth finger in his right hand. However it is not very serious,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

“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.”

India travel to London from Southampton

The Indian squad is all set to travel to London on Thursday from Southampton after a short break. As the Indian team in the UK capital, they might go on to witness some live games as spectators are allowed on a few tennis games and Eurogames.

“The squad travelled together to London. From here they can all leave for their respective destinations within the UK for a 20-day break,” the official said.

“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 source said.

The Indian squad will assemble on July 14 in London and will travel to Nottingham for the first Test match.

India’s squad: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Md. Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul (subject to fitness clearance), Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper; subject to fitness clearance).

Standby players: Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Arzan Nagwaswalla