Ishant Sharma passes fitness test, set to join India squad
Finally a good news coming in India’s way, as senior fast bowler Ishant Sharma has passed his fitness test at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). Now there is no more obstructing for the pacer to join Virat Kohli’s side for the upcoming Test series against New Zealand.
The Test series against the Black Caps will comprise two matches, first of which will begin from Februarty 21. After whitewashing the hosts 5-0 in the 20-over format, India were battered in the ODIs 3-0.
“Yes, he has passed the fitness test and will join the Indian team for the Test series in New Zealand,” said sources regarding Sharma’s fitness test.
The pacer, who played his last Test in November last against Bangladesh, had suffered a Grade 3 tear on his right ankle while playing for Delhi in their Ranji Trophy encounter against Vidarbha at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi.
The 31-year-old sustained the injury in the fifth over of Vidarbha”s second innings — his third. The following day when the reports came in, DDCA director Sanjay Bhardwaj had said that the Ishant was all but out of the Test series against New Zealand. He had also advised Ishant to rest his leg for six weeks.
So this will surely provide Team India captain Virat Kohli and the coach Ravi Shastri a sigh of relief that they are finally going to receive the services of Sharma.
The Delhi pacer is just four matches away from playing his 100th Test. Eight more wickets will also take his tally to 300 in the longest version of the game. He also played 80 ODIs and 14 T20Is for the Men in Blue.