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Ankle surgery rules Ishant Sharma out of IPL

Nagraj Gollapudi

March 26, 2012

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Ishant Sharma raises his hands after dismissing Kirk Edwards, India v West Indies, 2nd Test, Kolkata, 3rd day, November 16, 2011
Ishant Sharma could be out of action for at least six months © AFP
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Fast bowler Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of the IPL after undergoing an ankle surgery earlier this month, which is likely to keep him out of action for at least six months. Deccan Chargers, Ishant's IPL franchise, confirmed the development, saying they would now be seeking permission from the IPL for a replacement player.

Ishant had been delaying the surgery for nearly a year, but finally decided to take the plunge after he returned from Australia in January, where he had played the Test-leg of the tour. Though he impressed in patches, Ishant remained inconsistent and only managed five wickets at an average of 90.20 in the four-Test series.

It is understood that he had considered delaying the surgery post this IPL season, but that would have ruled him out of the home series against England, starting in November. Ishant is likely to plan his rehabilitation so that he can make a return during the home series against New Zealand, also later in the year.

"The wound is likely to heal in three months' time and he is solely focussing on that," a source close to Ishant told ESPNcricinfo.

Last year, Ishant's India team-mate Virender Sehwag was in a similar scenario with a shoulder injury but he chose to delay his surgery. After the World Cup, he played through pain at the start of the IPL but withdrew midway through the tournament. He was ruled out of the West Indies tour and missed the start of the Test series in England.

Edited by Kanishkaa Balachandran

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (March 29, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

Ishant is not a perfect bowler but He is in learning stage. Anyways his exclusion isn't a good mark.

Posted by madras_boy on (March 29, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

If he has opted to undergo surgery just to return to play for india asap, i appreciate him. On the contrary, if he decided to undergo surgery as it is high time for it, I could see him only as an opportunist !

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

DC should go for VRV Singh from Punjab or M.Vahora from Baroda.

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

@anshu.s hey dude..for ur inormation..i my self follow IPL and ranji cricket..and i am a big fan KKR in ipl and Rajathan in Ranji ..but my point is THat even in the last year.. Zaheer Khan, V.sehwag and even Harbhajan Singh lost their fitness in IPL and couldn't play England and India were whitewahsed 4-0 and aLSo..Shhwag gets injured in IPL everytime and has missed the last 2 T20 world cups..i agree with u comp..that there shud be no Country Vs Club debate but it is a point to think..that a person selects money or the pride to play for the country!

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 10:45 GMT)

he has real heart for Team india........means it isi clear example that he loves TEAM INDIA ..than ipl...he will come back as most effective pace bowler in Test matches and ONE dayers TOO...SINCE oct,2012...

Posted by anshu.s on (March 28, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

@Ajayvs ,i would 100% would me more happy regarding any India win even a u-19 win,that's besides the point,question is weather IPL which is 50 days maximum in length can jeopardise 300 odd days of internatonal cricket n therfore club v/s country debate is a non-starter,but yes i will agree in football there is too much emphasis on club structure n Messi n likes will want world cup glory more than anything but they n there fans also cherish there league titles/UCL also.Your concerns about effect of 20-20 on test cricket is perfectly valid,it would be a great idea is some of the franchises make there own test teams that way many people who can't get selected for there national teams can play n this way we will have top quality competition. As for you @Karan Singal yes i do watch other sports but i have been following cricket for donkey years,watched matches at stadiums of Indian team,Ranji teams,u-22,u-19 teams.But unlike you i dont restrict myself to national teams only.Peace n respect

Posted by zenboomerang on (March 28, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

Hope the surgery all turned out perfectly... Ishants still a young man with many years in front of him, so get it right now & return stronger than you were before... Many complained about him in the recent Oz series but he was both unlucky many times (dropped catches & defensive fields) & wasn't always used at the correct time - I expect he'll return to Oz again & prove many wrong...

Posted by Prats6 on (March 28, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

Thank God for this! Atleast someone has the sense to put country before club (or money!) .. Good Ishant!

Posted by karthik666 on (March 28, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

pathetic sense of humor - kanth markala

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 4:54 GMT)

@vilander its an indian leauge so its up to them who they want to pick.. indian bowler might get more chance but dont say it like that cuz all the world know how indian bowling side is?? you should be same of that instate of bieng proud ... i know bangladesh is not a good team, still bangladesh captain said it in press confrance that indian bowling side is not that strong like pakisthan or srilonka we can chase 250-300 anyhow and they did it! if bangladesh go to england and australia and lose allthe test matches now you tell me wat is the diffrence between bangladesh and india .... its the same body!!! so think before you say something and dotn just thing too much of your own side compair it to the others sides so you will find the difrence !

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