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Ishant Sharma Ruled Out of IPL 2020 After ‘Acute’ Injury

Ishant Sharma sustained a back injury ahead of DC's opening game against KXIP. (Photo Credit: IPL)

Veteran pacer Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of IPL 2020 with an acute left rib cage pain that he experienced in a team training session on October 7, 2020. He becomes the second Delhi Capitals player to be ruled out of the season after Amit Mishra.

Incidentally, Ishant Sharma had suffered back spasm during training in the UAE before the start of the IPL last month. So far, he has played just one match for the Delhi Capitals against Sunrisers Hyderabad on September 29. He didn’t look in rhythm and subsequently warmed the benches in the rest six games.

Ishant Sharma ruled out of IPL 2020

The statement suggests that Ishant reported an acute pain in the left rib cage during the team’s training session on October 7. However, scan reports revealed that he has suffered a muscle tear in one of his abdominal muscles on the left side.

“Delhi Capitals fast bowler Ishant Sharma experienced an acute episode of left rib cage pain while bowling at a team training session on 7 October 2020 in Dubai. Subsequent investigations revealed that he sustained a left internal oblique muscle tear,” a statement from the franchise said.

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Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma is an addition to the long list of injuries in the Delhi Capitals. Previously, Amit Mishra was also ruled out of IPL 2020 due to a finger injury. Wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant is also out of action due to an injury and skipper Shreyas Iyer confirmed that he will be out for at least a week.

However, it is unlikely to impact much as Delhi Capitals have hardly used Ishant Sharma. Proteas duo of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje have been in superb form leading the charge. The likes of Avesh Khan and Harshal Patel have also done well in limited opportunities.

So far, Delhi Capitals have won five out of their seven games so far, sharing the top spot with Mumbai Indians.