India news August 29, 2011

Ankle surgery after Australia tour - Ishant

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ishant Sharma has said he will undergo surgery on his injured ankle after the conclusion of India's tour of Australia tour early next year. Ishant was ruled out of the limited-overs series against England after he sustained a ligament injury to his left ankle during the third Test at Edgbaston.

"It [the tour of Australia] is a very important tour and nobody wants to miss it," Ishant told the Hindustan Times. "So I'll get the surgery done only after the Australian tour. I am going to the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, where I'll stay for a week or 10 days to undergo rehab and seek a proper schedule. At the moment, I've been told to do strengthening exercises."

At the time of the announcement of the team for the limited-overs series, a board release said Ishant had responded well to treatment on his ligament "but will need to undergo a course of intensive rehabilitation and training to prevent recurrence of the pain in his left ankle". Ishant, however, said surgery was unavoidable. "I have a ligament tear in my left foot, and there is also a bone impingement in my left ankle. Surgery is the only way out. But if I undergo that now, my foot will be in plaster for about three months and the rehabilitation in all could take about 6-8 months."

India travel to Australia in December and will play four Tests, two Twenty20s and a tri-series also involving Sri Lanka, with the final game of that tournament slated for February 28. A rehab period of six to eight months means Ishant could miss the IPL, which is expected to be played in April-May 2012, as well as a yet unconfirmed Test and ODI series against Pakistan prior to that. India tour Sri Lanka for three Tests in July, and then host New Zealand for three Tests in August-September. This will be followed by the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka and the Champions League. If Ishant goes through with his plan, he is only likely to be back when India host England for four Tests in November-December.

Ishant had a busy Test series in England from the time Zaheer Khan injured himself on the first day at Lord's. He was the second-highest wicket-taker for India in their 0-4 defeat and said Zaheer's absence had a bearing on the team's performance.

"You can't say our morale went down," Ishant said. "We were always in the game. But if a bowler with 10 years of experience isn't there, it affects the performance. We had England on the ropes in the second innings at Lord's, and if Zaheer was there and had taken a couple of wickets, the result could have been different."

Ishant dismissed Kevin Pietersen with a short ball in the second innings of the Lord's Test, a wicket he will "cherish a lot". He said bowling in English conditions had been a tremendous learning experience. "Bowling in different venues in different conditions teaches you a lot. In India, you know that after the initial burst, you have to wait for the third or fourth day to get something i.e. reverse swing. In England, if the sun is out and there is no moisture on the track, it gets really very flat and that makes it tough to bowl on."

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  • Dummy4 on September 1, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    @Aussasinator: You are out of your mind! Hughes averages 70 against Dale Steyn and South Africa. Mitchell Johnson averages mid 50's with the bat against SA too. Ponting and Hussey have formidable records against SA as well. I see that the thrashing you recieved in England has not been enough to cure you of your delusions of Indian adequacy. This summer India will plummet to number 9 in the world if they share your complacency.

  • Dummy4 on September 1, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    well priority would be to get ishant fixed i mean against aus in aus without a proper fit team no matter how out of form Australia is , aus is dangerous the conditions are good for pace and bounce . Being an Australian supporter and also following Indian team this looks like a dangerous ploy especially when the indians got trumped 5-0 in enlgand its not much different facing australia, when australia have put the argus review in place and are rebuilding.

  • Jay on September 1, 2011, 3:59 GMT

    Brave indeed. However, Team India may need to decide if they want Ishant to hobble out of the ground in the middle of the first test against Australia. It might be better to choose a fit bowler for the tour and let Ishant recover.

  • Amit on August 31, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    Feel sorry for Ishant he is a good bowler and needs a little support from other bolwers and batsman

  • Subba on August 31, 2011, 7:47 GMT

    @ dsig3 . Sorry to say it. Michael Clarke, Ponting, Hughes etc. have all been exposed against pace and movement. Barring Mike Hussey, who's a great player of all bowling, the rest have all been laid bare by the quickish rising ball. Australia's losses in the last 3 years are purely due to the fact that the world has caught on to their weaknesses which could not be brought out earlier since the world did not have enough quick bowlers. The Akhthars and Akrams did show them up but they did not play long enough. Now we see Steyn, Ishant, Malinga, Flintoff, Tremlett, Bresnan, Broad or a few occasional West Indies quicks simply torment the Oz batters. If Watson gets out, something of a tail commences. Unfortunately Hussey bats tooo low, and no side has three qucik bowlers other than SA and England. So the fair weather batsmen of Australia can have their occasional days in the sun and try to keep their No. 5 ranking afloat. This is my view sir.

  • django on August 30, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    @Aussasinator we are suspect to genuine pace? Well I think anyone is susceptible to extreme pace but I highly doubt your boy Aaron has it. According to reports he bowls at 140km. Thats about as quick as half the genuine quicks in our domestic squad. Tremlett was the best bowler last summer in Oz and he is the slowest of the lot, about 140km I might add. If Aaron cant hold his lines or lengths or drops short he will be destroyed in Oz, or anywhere for that matter. What a ridiculous statement.

  • Subba on August 30, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    Ishant should not play again until his injuries have been well attended too, even if he takes a full year away. It's silly he doesnt see it but he's too young to throw it all away with a career breaking injury if he plays along further with this serious niggle. Varun Aaaron should be also rested after the England tour and not overbowled in the west Indies series. He is the type who can rattle the Oz batting line up which is suspect against genuine pace.

  • Rakesh on August 30, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    Surprising. Another case of going on tour despite the injury with backing of all of the fans abd board. So what is the difference between going on this way and player himself hiding injury.Absolutely nothing. End result is same. He will be back after the first day of the first Test match. Australian grounds are big and you need to do lot of running. Hope for the betterment of indi performance he is forced to do surgery before itself.It will be useful long term .

  • Dummy4 on August 30, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    again the same mistake ... we will be going with an unfit bowler who might end up going off the field bang in the middle of a test .. its up to the selectors to make a right call now and not leave it to the player ( as usual )

  • Dummy4 on August 30, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    it may be a bad news as it may decrease his pace..

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