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Ishant heads for Melbourne to sort ankle problem

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February 8, 2013

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Ishant Sharma had Kevin Pietersen caught behind, India v England, 3rd ODI, Ranchi, January 19, 2013
Following the England ODIs, Ishant Sharma has once again felt discomfort in his ankle © BCCI
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India fast bowler Ishant Sharma is set to consult a specialist in Melbourne as a "precautionary measure" after experiencing pain in his left ankle, on which he had surgery in early 2012. This could be a blow to India's bowling plans ahead of the home Test series against Australia, which begins in less than a fortnight.

On Friday evening, Ishant tweeted that he was fit. "Once again I would like to confirm that I m not injured. Jus going Aus to get my insoles," he said.*

Ishant had sustained a ligament injury to his left ankle during India's tour of England in August 2011, but underwent the required operation in March 2012, after returning from the tour of Australia. He was out of competitive cricket till August, when he was picked for the home Test series against New Zealand, but did not make the playing XI. He was finally back in action for India in the Tests against England in December, and played the limited-overs series that followed too, against Pakistan and then England. Following the England ODIs, Ishant once again felt discomfort in his ankle.

India's attack for the Australia series is already in some trouble. Zaheer Khan, their most experienced seamer, was dropped on form for the final Test against England and, more recently, missed the final few matches of the Ranji Trophy with a calf strain and is yet to begin bowling again. Their other preferred quick option of late, Umesh Yadav, played the first Test of the England series before sustaining with a serious back injury.

Varun Aaron, meanwhile, will travel to London to get advice on treatment of his back problem. "I will be going there next week, where I will be meeting a couple of doctors and seeking their advice. They will review the state of fitness of my back and based on that I will take a call on when I should begin bowling," Aaron told theIndian Express. "I have been bowling on and off but haven't bowled flat out. After this consultation I will get a clear picture of my body."

Aaron, who last played for India in late 2011, is recovering from a stress fracture of the back. After recuperating for a few months, he had returned to competitive cricket during the 2012 IPL, where he played eight games for his franchise, Delhi Daredevils. However, he then suffered a recurrence of the injury. He has a history of back trouble, having suffered two stress fractures soon after he made his Ranji Trophy debut for Jharkhand in the 2008-09 season.

* February 8 2.40pm GMT This story has been updated with Ishant's tweet

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Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (February 11, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

How bad is Umesh's back spasm that we don't hear of him anymore? What's going on with him? Just ignore this over-hyped Ishant, a one-spell wonder.

Posted by mzm149 on (February 8, 2013, 20:15 GMT)

@anilkp: This "blind man's" stone hits the fruit every time when the opposition is Indian bowling. We saw that in the past in India's tour of Australia in both tests and ODIs and later in world t20. Hughes has recently performed quite good against Sri Lankan bowling which is much better than their Indian counterpart and that too in conditions which supported bowling. What to speak of Clarke. "A bit here-and-there" Watson is back in form again and he has been consistently exceptional against India.

Indian batting is so pathetic these days that Australian bowlers will keep on restricting them to low totals. Therefore, it will not be necessary for all of the Aussie batsmen to score big. Thats why I am predicting 4-0.

Posted by anilkp on (February 8, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

@mzm149: This Aussie team cannot inflict a 4-0 on anyone--let alone on India in India. Your Warner is like a blind man hurling a stone at a mango tree; he gets a fruit if the stone hits it. If not, he is dry as a straw. You do not have Huss any longer; we have seen Hughes already. Wade and Khawaja--who? It is the lone Clarcke (provided his back stays trouble-free) and a bit here-and-there Watson. No matter how toothless they were against the Poms, our spinners will be a handful for your new batters. But, it will boil down to the contest between two mediocre teams. Yes, mediocre. This Aussie team, at least in India, is no better. Frankly speaking, it will be tough to follow four long and boring Tests. There will be no dramatic wins or losses, they will just drag along.

Posted by anilkp on (February 8, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

Why does the BCCI not think seriously about grooming the players? It must invest in the future and enforce strict, judicious guidelines for players. The bowlers get injured after just a couple games. What is this nonsense? The Aussie quicks break down as quickly too, but they pick buckets of wickets for every outing and breakdown, so it doesn't really matter. On the other hand, our Indian quicks shower 4s and 6s for a couple games and break down, so we dont have options beyond them. Seems like Cretaceous era that players like Kapil Dev kept bowling for decades without breaking down. Ishant, Sreesanth, Aaron, Zaheer...none of these players can blame on too much of cricket; they have hardly played any. So, the reason is purely poor fitness. A simple regimen of diet and excercise should be able to keep these guys fit. The problem is, when the incoming money is easy, it is tough to stay away from tasty food or to get close to sweating gyms. It is all in the mindset.

Posted by mzm149 on (February 8, 2013, 16:59 GMT)

Indian bowlers will get good spanking from Clarke, Watson, Warner and Hughes. 4-0 in my opinion in favor of Australia.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

He shouldn't be even considered for selection , me must persist with Bhuvneshwar,Shami ahmed..

Posted by itismenithin on (February 8, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

bhubaneswar should be playing the tests irrespective of Ishant's fitness. In a way we are lucky since we don't have a series before South africa one where we will feel the need for fast bowlers.

Posted by vpk23 on (February 8, 2013, 15:28 GMT)

Sree should be considered. Early swing and if he is in control can have an impact for India. Worth the chance. Swing will play a great part in Indian conditions. Better to have at least once experienced bowler that is if Zak is not around. Sree is in better fitness than Zak and more aggessive.

Posted by 777aditya on (February 8, 2013, 15:14 GMT)

Why do Indian players still need to go outside India for treatment - dont we have good facilities out here yet?! Many Europeans come to India for affordable and quality medical treatment, wonder when BCCI will learn how to spend money wisely. Secondly, as insisted by Ganguly innumerable times, each player should get his own physical fitness trainer (easily possible considering how much they earn).

Posted by ShivaCT on (February 8, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

DISCLAIMER: My post only relates to Ishant's performance in Test matches - his performance in ODI's and T20's is not relevant to this post. If Ishant Sharma is unavailable for the Australia series it should be looked at like a blessing in disguise! I don't remember stats but I don't recall him being an effective bowler at all. There are enough and more fast/fast-medium bowlers in the country that - if provided the same long rope as Ishant - will do very well for India in the long run. He may have good performances every now and then but that does not/should not guarantee a permanent place in the India Test team. And Bobbi_143 you nailed it. They "run in hard for the first 3 or 4 overs" because that's the extent of how much they have to "bend their backs" for T20's. I can go on but that will make for a different post/blog.

Posted by vinodzz on (February 8, 2013, 14:21 GMT)

News frm Ishant : I am nt injured, just going 2 make my insoles

Posted by DEV_ME on (February 8, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

Why Should India / BCCI pay for their troubles ? They havent been contributing enough nor do they hold a promise for the future. Why should India invest on such broken horses and keep ignoring support for other domestic performers like Bhuvanesh, Ishwar etc. ? Aaron has been practically living at NCA under the guise of Rehabilitation, and magically recovered enough to play in the IPL window - thereafter back to NCA ! Ishant is not the potential that he promised to be ... he dosent have the maturity, the will and the motivation ... so why ?

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

what abwt Praveen Kumar ?

Posted by bobbi_143 on (February 8, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

The standard of current breed of Indian fast bowlers is not on par with other international bowlers. Do we actually have fast bowlers in India? or are they just medium fast or fast medium bowlers? Why do fast bowlers from touring sides make an impact on our soil when our bowlers fail to do it? Fast bowlers from touring sides are ready to experiment and bend their backs and cash in on the weakness of our batsmen. On the other hand our bowlers can be seen running in hard for first three or four overs then start bowling over 125 kmph. Very soon they drop their guards and expect batsmen to make mistakes. They cannot be patient and cannot bowl same line or on one side of the wicket according to the fields for more than two or three overs. Its time that they practice hard and implement on the given day.Need to have that never say die attitude. after all they are representing a big nation like India.Should be proud to have been chosen from such a large pool of cricketers in domestic circuit.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 12:26 GMT)

Injuries are always worry for fast bowlers, if zak, umesh or ishanth not available go for sreesanth, ishwar, and bhuvaneshwar, also abhishek nayar will be best selection for the 5th bowler.

Posted by Bruisers on (February 8, 2013, 12:14 GMT)

Well, this was Ishant Sharma's tweet an hour ago:

Ishant Sharma ✔ @ImIshant: "Hi guys, just going to make my insoles and I'm not injured..!! I'm doing my training."

Posted by SRTgodofcricket on (February 8, 2013, 12:11 GMT)

Its only happened in India. Before a Big Series we do come across that one to two bowler are suffering from this problem or that problem. why we can not hear this news for other teams players. ....... why? because they do take extra care of their injuries before they declair that they are 100 % fit to play n win games for their respective countries at International level. I don't understand why Team Manager is not that much senior about these problems. unhappy to read this news, after bring crazy abt cricket why do not we have a fully fit bowling attack and when we will have.

Posted by binu.emiliya on (February 8, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

So the eleven will be like this Shewag, gambheer/jaffer/Vijay, pujara,khli,srt,Dhoni,Jadeja,B kumar,aswin,shami ahmad,ohja

Posted by here2rock on (February 8, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

No real loss losing Ishant and Zaheer. Why does Ishant need to go to Melboune for medical assistance, don't they have medical assistance in India?

Posted by SamRoy on (February 8, 2013, 10:43 GMT)

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Shami Ahmed actually might mae their debuts after all! I want Bhuvaneshwar Kumar in the test team. Will definitely take Phil Hughes every time.

Posted by Edassery on (February 8, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

Very much expected if the BCCI decides to play numerous meaningless limited over games through out the year - that too on placid wickets to help their batsmen and not any upcoming fast bowler. Fast bowlers in this country will be injuring themselves every other month...

Posted by dhonivisiri on (February 8, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

Varun Aaron didnt play any match in the IPL 2012 edition. Are you sure your stat about him playing eight matches is right?

Posted by joseyesu on (February 8, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

I hope the team selection will change now, after 1-11 loss. And it is a fact that indians are as usual going to depend on spinners. I hope team just need some 5 out of 20 wickets from pacers.

Posted by riprock on (February 8, 2013, 8:35 GMT)

How about picking Ashwin, A.Mishra, Ojha, Sreesanth, Ishant, Dinda..with A.Nayar or Jadeja as fifth bowling option?

Looking at the bare bowling stocks and grim situation..how about recalling the good ol' Murali Kartik?? Or Ashish Nehra? Lmao

Posted by vish57 on (February 8, 2013, 8:24 GMT)

If BCCI confirms International cricket for 9 months and IPL for 2 months and CL for 15 days, cricketers are bound to suffer. Poor bowlers, they need to survive, so they have to be fit for IPL where they are assured of money, need to be fit then. What happend to Munaf Pater, Ashish Nehra and even Sreesanth, injury or otherwise they all are forgotton. We have started celebrating one match heros, 1 series heros & 1 season heros. Difficult to produce another fab4 or a Kumble. Lack of consistency for batsman and inability of bwlers to take wickets will continue against Aus also. Selectors can hire a media manager to defend their selection such as Shewak, a match winner on his day, unfortunately the day never comes, Ashwin best No 7 batsman India has produced as they have forgotton his bowling ability, Virat, Rohit talent to be nourished; hey , you need to win for now, select the best team.

Posted by sramesh_74 on (February 8, 2013, 7:43 GMT)

It would not surprise me if all these bowlers return to full fitness for the IPL. The IPL has the miraculous ability to cure serious injuries for a period of 6 weeks !!!

Posted by rameshpoplay on (February 8, 2013, 7:37 GMT)

Such a long injury list: Zaheer Khan, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Varun Aron, Irfan Pathan, Praveen Kumar (mentally). So who do we have: Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Shami Ahmed, Ishwar Pandey, S Sreesanth, Vinay Kumar. I am sure by the time of IPL all of them would be fit!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (February 8, 2013, 7:31 GMT)

@Saikat Mukherjee- I'm not sur about square turners helping out India .. just looking back at the series vs Eng where docile spinners like Panesar and an avg. spinner likeSwann made to look like Warne and Murali in combo.. All it makes is some relief for the struggling Indian bowling but... the game as it is becomes a lottery with the toss almost deciding the match... Not that Ind have Dravid and Laxman in there to rescue them with the ball doing all sorts on a minefield... All I say is even with such tactics an Indian win is just as possible as the reverse -loss-happening and a big gamble...to add.. a 'poor' pitch will even make good quicks having pace more of threat ... up and down bounce comb. stump line bowling do the trick... Aus have more than theirshare of quality pace..

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 7:20 GMT)

Where are Praveen Kumar and Munaf Patel. They also deserve to be recalled.

Posted by thesunravish on (February 8, 2013, 7:18 GMT)

My 11 for Aus: 1.Murli Vijay 2.Wasim Jaffer 3.Chetswar Pujara 4.Sachin Tendulakr 5.Viral Kohli 6.Ravindra Jadeja/Ajinka 7.MS Dhoni 8.Harbajan Singh 9.Buwneshwar Kumar 10.Pragyan Ojha/Ravindra Jadeja 11.Sreeshant 12.Ishwar Panday 13.Ajinka Rahane 14.Suresh Raina

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (February 8, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

Well, India had one Umesh and then Aaron who 'threatened' to bowl decent 140k for a few games atleast for their 'pace' attack.... not to be .Maybe have to settle with medium pacers as their destiny...

Posted by chepujaradon25 on (February 8, 2013, 6:54 GMT)

this is the problem with BCCI. not taking care of young quicks, even with all the money they receive. Ishant getting injured is a blessing though. shami needs to be blooded into series against australia so he is ready in South Africa. Second bowling option can be Ishwar Pandey, as he deserves it, having taken most wickets in Ranji.

Posted by SherjilIslam on (February 8, 2013, 6:46 GMT)

What happened to Irfan Pathan???? Why he is no-where in the scheme of things??

Posted by realfan on (February 8, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

and there goes.... no zaheer, no ishant, i think no yaadav tooo........who are the seam bowlers for india australia series?????

Posted by ravi2047 on (February 8, 2013, 6:37 GMT)

Already Ishant missed IPL 2012 for Deccan Chargers. Hope is in good condition for this on at least. #getwellsoon

Posted by   on (February 8, 2013, 6:36 GMT)

With Ishant,Zaheer,Umesh out of contention, and Sreesanth's form is visible in the Irani Trophy, lets prepare square bouncy turners for the Aussies, and get inform Bhajji and Ojha to fire at them, with Ashwin as the 3rd spinner. Bhuvaneshwar and Sami can alternate and play as the pace bowling option.

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