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Ishant Sharma Likely to Miss India’s Tour of Australia After Muscle Tear

Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav (Credit: BCCI)

Veteran fast bowler from Delhi, Ishant Sharma was ruled out of IPL 2020 after the veteran pacer experienced a muscle tear in this ongoing season. The lanky pacer was injury-prone from the very start of the season. He just played one game against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Ishant becomes the second Delhi Capitals player to be ruled out of this IPL season after spinner Amit Mishra. He joins his Indian teammate Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who also has been ruled out of IPL 13.

The news of Ishant missing the rest of the season was confirmed by a DC official on Monday, October 12. “Ishant Sharma experienced an acute episode of left rib cage pain while bowling at a team training session on 7 October 2020 in Dubai,” the franchise said in a statement. “Subsequent investigations revealed that he sustained a left internal oblique muscle tear. “

Ishant Sharma was a vital cog in the Delhi Capitals bowling line-up in 2019, taking 13 wickets last season. However, this time around, he has not been that impactful. Delhi have used the likes of Mohit Sharma and Avesh Khan to start with and have finally settled with Harshal Patel in the playing XI. The franchisee has not yet announced the replacement for the lanky pacer.

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Ishant Sharma Likely to Miss India’s Tour of Australia

Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma might also miss India’s Tour to Australia, after coping up with this acute injury. India are to tour down under between December 2020-January 2021 for a full-fledged series against Australia. It is likely that Ishant is ruled out the game for three weeks, which also means that he might not be included in the Indian squad which will travel to Australia after the conclusion of the IPL final from Dubai.

Ishant will join his Indian teammate Bhuvneshwar Kumar as both of them will undergo rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.

Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals are placed second in the points table with 10 points from seven games and looks good to make it to the playoffs this year.

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