Vijay Hazare Trophy 2014 February 25, 2014

Ishant to skip Delhi's first two games

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ishant Sharma, the fast bowler who was dropped from India's Asia Cup and World Twenty20 squads, has asked to be rested from Delhi's first two matches in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, India's domestic one-day competition. Ishant told the team management he was fatigued because of a heavy workload on India's tour of New Zealand.

Delhi's opening game is at home against Jammu & Kashmir on February 27, after which they play Punjab on March 1.

"Ishant has just come back from New Zealand. He has bowled a lot of overs and had asked us for rest," Delhi's chief coach Sanjeev Sharma told PTI. "That's why the team management has decided to give him rest for the first couple of games. That's why he is not even training currently."

Ishant had bowled 105.4 overs in the two Tests in New Zealand, taking 15 wickets at an average of 25. Sharma said Ishant was likely to play Delhi's third game.

"We expect him to play in the match against Himachal Pradesh," he said.

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  • Dummy4 on February 27, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    Biased comments, all round, I suppose.

  • SATISH CHANDER on February 26, 2014, 23:11 GMT

    @Nresh28: Completely agree with you. I am very much for rotating bowlers. Why are Umesh Yadav and Ishawar Pandey selected if you are not going to given them chances on tours. Look at Aus and Eng - they rotate their bowlers so that workload is balanced and there is enough competition as well to excel and be selected for key matches. Surely we cannot win WC 2015 without trying out new bowlers. Even spinners - why cannot we give chance to Amit Mishra and Pervez Rasol ??

  • Naresh on February 26, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    @satchander - they may be fatigued because of too much cricket, except we see the same pace bowlers being selected time and again. How fresh is Umesh Yadav? The guy does not play international cricket or even domestic cricket - he just warms the bench. We dont understand the team management. Everything is literally falling apart for team India - FANS are being let down. Its quite obvious that we NEED 5 bowlers not 4 to win. Forget the batting - at least we have some talent there.

  • SATISH CHANDER on February 26, 2014, 3:04 GMT

    Well not just Ishant, I would have wanted the entire Indian team to be given rest after so many continuous series with hardly any break in-between. Instead, we have this meaningless Asia cup followed by the long and boring IPL !!!

  • Dummy4 on February 25, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    Useless bowler who gets unneeded attention not because of his skills because of his hair!

  • Ashok on February 25, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    You cannot bowl 3 pace bowlers for over 50 overs each in one innings & do not expect them to be fatigued! It is amazing that ZAK at the age of 35+ did not come out lame after his marathon effort of over 50 overs. Dhoni needs to take some advise on the physical limits of the fast bowlers. I remember the past spin bowlers bowled a lot of overs for India & very economically too. Mankad's marathon effort of scoring 72 & 184 runs in 2 innings as an opening batsman for India sandwiched in between with 96 overs capturing 5 Wkts. for 192 runs must be the greatest feat of endurance. This was in 1952 Lords Test match vs. England. You cannot treat Ishant, ZAK & Shami like spin bowlers!

  • Android on February 25, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    Well they are definitely losing the match against himachal pradesh if he is playing.

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