Fast bowlers are more prone to injury than Batsmen or Spinners, as the long run-up and the speed steadily weakens their knee, ankle and other joints. This starts from the grassroot level of one’s career and usually leads to a relatively short career for the pacer. Now It seems that one of India’s premier pacers, especially in Test Cricket, Ishant Sharma, has suffered another injury. Even more saddening is the news that Ishant may miss the first part of IPL 2020 due to this injury.
Although BCCI and The Indian Team management has stayed absolutely tight-lipped about the situation, as they released a media which revealed nothing unknown to the public, sources suggest that the injury is in the right ankle. According to reports, the previously injured ligament has flared up again.
Now, questions are rising about Ishant’s latest dealing with injury. A BCCI insider asked, “Once Ishant was ruled out for six weeks by the Delhi team physio after his scan reports revealed Grade 3, how did (Ashish) Kaushik and the NCA team come to conclusion that three weeks is good enough for return to competitive cricket?” Ashish Kaushik is the head physio of the NCA, which helps in rehabilitation of international level Indian cricketers.
Two more questions are being asked by insiders. One being the obvious question: Did the pacer himself push for fitness to get into the team for the Test Series against New Zealand? Secondly, how successful was the rehabilitation process that Ishant didn’t follow the norm of playing a competitive match before getting into the National Team?
Ishant, on the other hand, informed the media that he had bowled 21 Overs in the NCA over two days, after which he was cleared for a return into the Test team. He even tweeted a picture with Ashish Kaushik, thanking him for accelerating his rehabilitation process.