England in India 2012-13

Ishant down with viral fever

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 13, 2012

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Ishant Sharma took four wickets, North Zone v West Zone, quarter-final, Duleep Trophy, 3rd day, Chennai, October 8, 2012
Ishant Sharma is expected to recover in time for the first Test © K Sivaraman
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Ishant Sharma, the India fast bowler, is struggling with viral fever but is expected to be fit for the first Test against England, which starts on Thursday. The BCCI has named Bengal fast bowler Ashok Dinda as a standby.

Ishant has missed cricket for much of the year due to an ankle problem which needed surgery. He returned to the India squad for the New Zealand series three months ago, but didn't get to play as Zaheer Khan and Umesh Yadav were preferred.

The standby player, Dinda, has played 10 ODIs and five T20Is for India but is yet to make his Test debut. Dinda had a strong start to the domestic season, taking nine in the Duleep Trophy match against South Zone, but his form has tapered off since. In four subsequent first-class matches, he has only managed four wickets for 316 runs.

It is unlikely that either of Ishant or Dinda will get to play the first Test in Ahmedabad as India are expected to go in with Zaheer and Yadav as the fast bowlers, with two spinners to complete the attack.

Ishant missed India's two-and-a-half hour practice session in Ahmedabad on Tuesday, while Zaheer, who was a slight fitness concern after walking off from his Ranji match against Railways with a groin problem, took part.

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Posted by   on (November 14, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

I feel INDIA should go with five front line bowlers. Two pacers , three spinners and six batsmen. As we all know INDIA is a poor starter. First test at ( Motera ) Ahmadabad will be very vital. If India start with with a winning note then we can think of clean sweep. Last time India lost a test series in India in the year 1984. In the next series es 1992, 2001.2005, 2008, England could not do well, every time struggled against Indian spinners. England batsmen having poor avg. in Asian pitches except in Bangadesh they did not do well. This time they did lots of home work to counter spin. Chief Coach Andy Flawer and Greaham Gooch both are great exponents of spin bowling. this series will be a litmus test for senior pro's like Sachin, Sahwagh, Gouti, Zaheer, Bhajji and more over capt. Mahi. If he wants to keep his place intact as an Indian capt. he has to be spot on. At the same he should not forget the Sahwagh has a great cricketing brain on his shoulders, Always Keep him happy .

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (November 14, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

A team with that selects Tendulkar, Gambhir, Harbhajan, Sehwag, Ishant and Rohit goes into this match as under-dogs. Pitch conditions are secondary. England are a dangerous team and we should have selected a better team.

Posted by RandyOZ on (November 14, 2012, 9:10 GMT)

Ishant has a terrible record. Boy the cupboard is as bare in India as it is in England.

Posted by alwaysindia on (November 14, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

@ wolf777 don't worry man , no need to play bowlers at all, play 11 batsmen . yuvraj singh and sehwag are enough for england

Posted by alwaysindia on (November 14, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

@ GerrardLK what about eng have they produced good fast bowlers to play well outside eng. you are making yourself look very foolish. lets see what your fast bowlers can do here

Posted by alwaysindia on (November 14, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

@ neerajprasher not to mention where he got most of his wickets. and yet he is called SIR. wonder what srt would have been called if he played for eng. don't worry about gerrard uk , he always barks

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (November 14, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

@yorkslanka. India always played with 4 bowlers. We have Sehwag, Yuvraj etc as part time spinners to add one more batsman. And our spinners are good enough to take 20 wickets at least in sub-continent pitches. Read the history.

Posted by 007Pralay on (November 14, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

where is Varun Aarun,, we want to see him in action..!!

Posted by ranjithrissur on (November 14, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

@Yorkslanka:we can ask for yuvi.we can depend him.

Posted by wolf777 on (November 14, 2012, 4:26 GMT)

@ Vinay Kolhatkar Rohit S. as in Nohit Sharma??? Real batting prospect? LOL…agree with the rest of the comment though…If you overbowl your fast bowlers, the speed will naturally drop. Same is true with the spinner…overbowling will kill the spin. Need to have an allrounder in the team…

Posted by igorolman on (November 14, 2012, 1:48 GMT)

@neerajprasher: So, not the first man to 300, then? As Frederick Sewards Trueman would have said, 'I do not know what is going off out there'. Oh, and R.G.D. Willis as well. BARK! :p

Posted by   on (November 14, 2012, 1:40 GMT)

Aaron & Pankaj Singh are the real bowling prospects, whilst Rohit S and Tiwary are the batting ones. None of the 4 in the squad. On this flat track, Yuvi will get a fifty, keep his place until the next tour and then lose it to Raina, who will go through the same pattern, and then back to Yuvi again. They will keep doing this until the under 25s are ready to retire! Ishant S never swings or reverse swings the ball, and even his pace has dropped. 40+ average on the best fast bowling tracks in the world in Oz & England. Why o why?

Posted by neerajprasher on (November 14, 2012, 0:13 GMT)

@GerrardLK how many fast bowlers England have who got 300 + wickets just botham.check the stats first then bark.

Posted by Htc-Android on (November 13, 2012, 23:46 GMT)

Ishant Sharma is the bowler who use to give net practice to Australian and english batsmen in England and Aus last year. now he is getting ready to give another net practice to English batsmen.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 23:33 GMT)

Dinda is way better than half teh tools we have played in tests. Vinay and that skinny left armer who bowls 110kmph

Posted by AvidCricFan on (November 13, 2012, 21:51 GMT)

Give Ishant little time to mature in understanding what and how to bowl at each batsman. He has speed to be a genuine fast bowler like Yadav. Hope he doesn't lose it. Dinda on the other hand is a bowler with limitations too. I don't think Dinda has what it takes to succeed in test. Sreesanth needs to fix his attitude.

Posted by wolf777 on (November 13, 2012, 21:10 GMT)

Sick Ishant Sharma and injured Zaheer Khan…England is really scared…at the prospect of facing four spinners…Bench both of them…no need to play an unfit player…

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (November 13, 2012, 20:38 GMT)

@GerrardLK: At least they are better than Dilhara Fernando, Isuru Udana etc who were average players for SL. In fact most of the current crop of SL fast bowlers are average. ONLY Vaas was a LEGEND in Sri Lankan cricket along with Murali.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 20:27 GMT)

Sreesanth is injured, even though he is eccentric, he is a good bowler...

Posted by yorkslanka on (November 13, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

india only going in with four bowlers in a test? is that looking to a draw as an outcome or the belief that four bowlers can take 20 wickets?personally i dont think its enough..

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 18:56 GMT)

Dinda is not international quality.He is a good Domestic bowlers.But that is a sad state of our domestic cricket we just dont have good seamers

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 13, 2012, 18:28 GMT)

@riprock: You were making sense till you suggested Dhawal Kulkarni for the longer format. Please!!

Posted by itclanster on (November 13, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

Does anyone in indian cricket takes ranji trophy seriously. If yes, then why none of the player from reining ranji champions that too consecutive, is in indian team. I think pankaj singh duly deserved this chance but the presence of srinivasan at drivers seat is doing more harm than benefit to indian cricket.

Posted by GerrardLK on (November 13, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

Does anyone consider Ishant as Int'l player??? The boy next door bowls better than Ishant. India had never produced a genuine fast bowler & they will never.

Posted by GRVJPR on (November 13, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

Where is Sreesanth, the architect of all India's famous victories.

Posted by TJAPUKAI on (November 13, 2012, 17:27 GMT)

I am just hoping that Ishant should not recover on time and Dinda should get the chance.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

Munaf Patel, Sreesanth, Irfan Pathan and now Ishant Sharma. Wah!

Posted by venkatspicy on (November 13, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

its nice to have a go with umesh and dinda both young bowlers

Posted by Sautrik on (November 13, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

get well soon ishant, however, dinda is equally good, if not slightly better at this point of time...

Posted by enigma77543 on (November 13, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

Dinda is useless, he may be a good domestic bowler but just like Vinaykumar & many others he doesn't look good enough for International batsmen, neither very quick nor very accurate & no extra-bounce & gets clobbered for plenty of runs. Other more talented bowlers should be given chances instead of useless trundlers like Vinay & Dinda, who only seem to get picked because of corruption in the system.

Posted by biju666 on (November 13, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

Instead Of Dinda, I will go for Pankaj Singh...!

Posted by Mahaanama on (November 13, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

It's high time for India to hire some domestic bowlers from SL to strength Indian bowling attack

Posted by InsideHedge on (November 13, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

Since his recovery from the ankle injury - which should have taken place a year before - how much cricket has he played? Ishant has shown neither form nor cricket fitness yet he finds himself in the 15 man squad. Pls. send him back to Ranjis and begin a process of proper, cricket recovery.

Posted by   on (November 13, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

Its not a new thing. We have seen Indian bowlers struggling with fitness even before. We are the only team in world cricket which have produced quality fast bowlers with lots of fitness issues and inconsistent performance.

Posted by wolf777 on (November 13, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

It is stupid to play sick people. Anyone who has ever been sick with such viral fever knows that it takes about a week for the body to back to 100% strength. As India plays with only four bowlers, he will not be able to carry the load which is heavy even for a fully healthy bowler. Knowing Indian Captain's habit of sticking to the known inner circle, however, it is likely that India will go in with 'not fully fit' Ishant Sharma.

Posted by riprock on (November 13, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

The BCCI should do something productive with procuring good pace talent rather than going about increasing their bank bal. They can make a pool of fast bowlers, and keep rotating them. They should keep the unfit or aging trundlers like Praveen, Vinay, Munaf, Nehra and RP away. And also encourage and train young talent like Parvinder Awana or Harshal Patel if they have any plans of not getting whitewashed one more time in the overseas tours next year. Why not try out Dhawal Kulkarni for the longer format. Tests: Zak, Umesh, Ishant, A.Dinda, Sreesanth, Dhawal. ODI's: Umesh, Irfan, Dinda, Balaji, Awana.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (November 13, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

Dinda-a nice talent.Hopefully he ll be in Playing 11 in the near future after Zaheer

Posted by QingdaoXI on (November 13, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

Dont worry Ishant you will only play when one of the Zaheer or Umesh gets injured, so you have lot of time to recover. I hope whenever you gets chance you will come of age and will start your second innings as the srike bowler of India. Still now you have played 40+ tests and still you are not settled so please think and come back strongly.

Posted by mani86 on (November 13, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

Hmm. I opened the article thinking it was good news that he can't play but unfortunately he seems to be fit in time for the first Test. That's not a good thing if you're an Indian supporter.

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