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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

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

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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 !

Posted by   on (March 28, 2012, 3:19 GMT)

actually if dc have less than 11 foreign players then they can actually sign another foreign guy to replace i sharma i suggest australian pacer pat cummins or mitchell starc

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 23:14 GMT)

Ishant Sharma Fast bowler (so it means batters are less than 10 years age!).

Posted by Vilander on (March 27, 2012, 20:47 GMT)

To BD fans, cant pick Mashrafe because he cant replace Indian bowler in the 11. But yeah he is a very good bowler.

Posted by Vilander on (March 27, 2012, 20:44 GMT)

@rsurya, check out the speeds that Ishant hit in Australia in the recently concluded series, he was bad in control but not in pace. He consistently hit 150 particularly in Melbourne, if thats not fast i am not sure what is.

Posted by Ajayvs on (March 27, 2012, 19:29 GMT)

@anshu.s, Let me ask you one thing, would you be more happier if India wins a world cup or if M.I/CSK/Royal Challengers win the IPL? Ask Rooney,Messi,Ronaldo any one , they would any day trade their Euro leauge titles for a world cup win.Moreover every game has its own fabric, how many matches does a team play in a month in EPL or NFL? What is the efect T20 has on budding cricketers and how does it help them shape up for Test cricket? This is the issue..

Posted by rsurya on (March 27, 2012, 18:33 GMT)

Beginning four words of first paragraph of this article seems very comedy to me.

Posted by ProdigyA on (March 27, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

This is really bad news. As is it the Chargers have a horrible team and without Ishant i really doubt if we can even make it to the playoff's. But still... Go Chargers...

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 17:12 GMT)


well dude. everyone has his opinion..and i respect u for that but..don't compare cricket with's a whole diff. ball game....I think..u follow only other sports, not kindly..go..switch on your TV..and watch the current series of AUS vs u see Chris Gayle there??? Ohh..! surpirse surpirse....u will not see hi..he is busy playing IPL, And t20 cricket all over the world....

Thank u!

Posted by zico123 on (March 27, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

why didn't he had the surgery done right after returing from Australia after the test series!! anyway, good decision to do it now rather than doing it after IPL, good decision!! all the best for his recovery and return to Indian test team as a better, smarter, quicker and consistent bowler

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

@saif10016. An Indian player can be replaced only by another Indian player. That too at a price not exceeding the one offered to the replaced one. So, Mushrafe, though a good substitution is not a feasible option.( The price may not be an issue; but being a foreign player is)

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

test series against AUS ended 2 months ago. what he was doing since? when bcci will learn?

Posted by InnocentGuy on (March 27, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

Why even have the IPL? We know CSK's gonna win it :)

Posted by Hemant.studd on (March 27, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

he should have done it earlier but neverthless he did the right thing at right time....home series against England and Newzealand coming enough time for him to get fit for these series.he bowled out of his skin in England and Australia but he was bit unlucky as he din get enough wickets in his pocket on both of these tours.....unlucky deccan chargers

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

Hmm must be a tough decision for Ishant but a well planned one. Bowling would stress his ankle more leading to higher extent of injury.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

Who cares about " iIPL ". ipl should have shut it down killing international cricket

i blame kapil dev for IPL


Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

For those who think IPL is not forget that India has become so good at chasing and putting up big scores with regularity and has quite a decent bench strength ever since IPL came in the picture. Sure it has come at cost price of player bieng injured but then injury can happen in off season too.As for IPL not producing bowlers...India has never really had exceptional talent at bowling never ever and culturally we respect and love batters more.

Posted by kausrosy on (March 27, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

thats blessing in disguise for ishant,now he can rest fully,its worthless to play in such types of leagues........which r destroying the cricket culture throughout.........

Posted by Adityamandalemula on (March 27, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

I'm a big fan of Deccan Chargers. We'll really miss Ishant a lot. We didn't get Vinay Kumar in the auction because we already have Ishant Sharma. But now we seriously miss a quality Indian bowler in the IPL. But still, I believe Ishant took the best decision for himself and for Indian cricket. He's a rising star in the Indian cricket, and I'm sure he'll start doing very well very soon. He has some great potential. Umesh and Ishant are our future hope in the pace department. I feel sad for losing Ishant for an entire season, but I believe he took the right decision.

Posted by TATTUs on (March 27, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

This is the best thing that could happen to Ishant before the IPL.

Posted by KingofRedLions on (March 27, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

Should never have gone to Australia.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

It is indeed nice of Ishant to have picked picked country over money, but he also has to perform for the country. Of late he is so ineffective... Dedication matters, but what's the use if he plays so horribly as he is playing of late? He is like that action hero who will readily sacrifice his life to save the world but the world will still be captured by the villain! Please let this dedication inspire you Ishant, nobody cares even a wee bit of how much priority you give to playing for India if you are going to play badly. GOOD LUCK.

Posted by Romenevans on (March 27, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

@rishabh004 - Yeah i'd rather watch cartoon network, than watching these clowns in a circus called IPL.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

Adding a foreign player is useless as you can play only 4. Someone suggested Rishi Dhawan, an allrounder from Himachal Pradesh. He might be a good replacement for Ishant.

Posted by rishabh004 on (March 27, 2012, 10:34 GMT)

why people who dont like ipl read ipl articles.I think cartoon network is better for them

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 10:34 GMT)

hey guys dont think IPL is useless.because of IPL only some good players came to international cricket with good start like virat kohli and suresh raina.......because of IPL only some domestic cricketers are shined.And dont forget Bangladesh's performence in Asia cup because of BPL(Bangladesh Premiere League).Before Asia cup Bangladesh Cricket board conducted BPL.

Posted by Saif10016 on (March 27, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

why r u not talking about masraf morataza only b cos of he is BD player....wasn't he one those economic bowlers of Asia cup(4.44 for 39.8)...did't he took the wickets of sachine tendulkar and sk raina!!! c'mon DC he knows the subcontinent pitches more then any other foreign players. and don't forget about support he is one of the most favourite playres at Bangladesh..... he would be the tramp card for DC.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 9:41 GMT)

Guys we need an Indian Bowler to replace Ishant !

We do have Manpreet Gony still we need some wicket taking bowler....

Overall i can say its poor planning & Selection from owners which ll cost us dear.

Posted by Haleos on (March 27, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

Thats great news for Ishant. He can rest well and avoid the useless IPL.

Posted by anshu.s on (March 27, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

@Sandeep Sai,Karan Singal, i am really tired n getting irritated by your overpatriotic statements when you bring in club over country debate really !! 50 odd days of IPL compared to 300 days of international cricket i would say balance is compleately tilted in the international cricket .i don't know weather you guys follow any other sports other than cricket you will find most professional sports like football,NBA,Tennis,NFL,etc is based primarily on club structures n international matches is restricted to world cups,try telling Wayne Rooney n C.Ronaldo to stop playing club matches so they can be fit for there country in this summer's Euro n then see the kind of reply you get from millions of Man U n Real Madrid supporters.Anybody's patriotic credentials is not proved by playing for BCCI's Team India but by joining the army or working for poor n hungry people for free.Pls be a true cricket fan n enjoy all forms of game period

Posted by jasif on (March 27, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

what a lucky guy he is.......will rest for the whole stupid IPL season......body will be fresh for international duty

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

There goes DC's chances down the drain.

Posted by 30-30-150 on (March 27, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

DC seems to have the worst bowling attack now.. Last year, bowling was their strength.. After giving away OJHA to Mumbai and HARMEET SINGH to Punjab, here is another jolt.. The owners deserve it....

Posted by Bruisers on (March 27, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

Deccan should draft VRV SINGH immediately.. He hasn't been picked by any team.. DC lack quality Indian fast bowlers and VRV can lead the pace attack with STEYN..

Posted by Saif10016 on (March 27, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

if u r looking for economic bowler for subcontinent pitches masraf mortoza is the best . his economy was superb at the BPL and Asia cup.....go for him and he can hit some big hits too.....but not very glamorous.

Posted by jasif on (March 27, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

what a lucky guy he is.......will rest for the whole stupid IPL season......body will be fresh for international duty

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

Good riddance. I hope he is not back ever

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 5:49 GMT)

The first player to choose country over IPL ...nation over money..proud of him..that shows his dedication to play for India...he has been deliaying his sergury..for about 12 play for India..and have it in IPL..Bravo Ishant

Posted by satish619chandar on (March 27, 2012, 5:37 GMT)

Good to put back money.. With the medicines available, he could have taken some and played some IPL games but did well to put his body over money and have surgery.. Money can come next year or for the matter of fact, he earned much already.. Wish all players get happy with waht they earned until now and concentrate on body and family.

Posted by Romenevans on (March 27, 2012, 5:27 GMT)

Can we have Philander and Bracewell in our team? Buy them BCCI. LOL!

Posted by Romenevans on (March 27, 2012, 5:25 GMT)

Who cares? He's a mediocre type of bolwer with just one delivery that comes in.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 5:24 GMT)

Pattinson should replace him...

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 5:21 GMT)

Aim to Mumbai Indians... They are having not only Munaf, RP also Malinga, M Johnson, C McKay etc...

Posted by pitch_curator on (March 27, 2012, 5:20 GMT)

Deccan might opt for Sir Vinay Kuamr...

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

Good going by Ishant choosing country over IPL unlike the selfish sehwag who was and is more interested in IPL.

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 4:27 GMT)

they should pick mashrafe morthuza .... he was one of the best economical bowler in bpl and in asia cup too. in t20 you need a economical bowler than a wicket taker so they should have a look at him !!!

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 4:07 GMT)

Get Afridi back to chargers please... !!!

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 2:45 GMT)


Posted by grizzle on (March 27, 2012, 2:32 GMT)

Good on you, Ishant! At least one Indian cricketer seems to have learned a lesson from the shambolic performances in England last year.

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (March 27, 2012, 1:36 GMT)

Mashrafe Mortaza should be a good choice. Good for sub continent condition. He can hit the ball too...

Posted by   on (March 27, 2012, 1:16 GMT)

Surprised by the positive comments. There has been an air of anger and disappointment with his performances in Australia just because he did not have wickets to show for. But, I wonder whether he would be chosen or not. Might end up going Ashish Nehra's way. BTW, the ODI team does need Nehra given the sort of performance we had in Asia Cup.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (March 27, 2012, 1:12 GMT)


Posted by AvidCricFan on (March 27, 2012, 0:52 GMT)

Really a good decision to put country first over personal gain. Hope this fixes his issue of being ineffective in Aussie tour.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 22:50 GMT)

Bravo Ishant, your decision of choosing country over IPL is well appreciated.

Get well soon brother.

Posted by S.Jagernath on (March 26, 2012, 22:09 GMT)

Its not as if anyone will miss him.

Posted by here2rock on (March 26, 2012, 22:04 GMT)

Philander should replace him.

Posted by Ajayvs on (March 26, 2012, 20:47 GMT)

Good on you Ishanth. Good to know that you did not delay the surgery in order to play in lucarative IPL and instead you are timing it to be ready before the next Test series.

Posted by frozendilemma on (March 26, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

if they can then they should get Boyd Rankin....awesome player and a much better bowler than Ishant ever was

Posted by svenkat02 on (March 26, 2012, 19:43 GMT)

Happy that Ishant has chosen country over IPL and has attempted to make sure he is fit for India's next test series instead of delaying his surgery just to play in the IPL. This attitude will serve Ishant very well in the upcoming years. He played the Australia tour despite surgery to serve the team. Bravo Ishant!!!

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

GOOD!! this guy just gets into the team based on some decent spells 5 years ago! Gives india a chance to find some real bowlers who WANT to bowl FAST!! NOT MEDIUM PACE!!!

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

Deccan,Go for Rishi Dhawan of Himachal Pradesh...!

Posted by thebrownie on (March 26, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

He should have followed Sehwag's footsteps.. Wait till they have no hope in the IPL, and then have the surgery, and then show up half cooked for a international game.

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

Take Umer Gul as replacement and why not. If Pak hockey players can play in India then why not the crickters.

Posted by rishabh004 on (March 26, 2012, 18:34 GMT)

deccan looks worst team in ipl

Posted by   on (March 26, 2012, 18:30 GMT)

Very wise decision...good to see at least sum1 is giving priority to International career over IPL.

Posted by iasohel on (March 26, 2012, 18:12 GMT)


Posted by muannis on (March 26, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

Mashrafi is in terrific form since BPL and ofcourse in Asia Cup. His batting performance is also good . He should be the best choice.

Posted by ABdareVinniers on (March 26, 2012, 17:55 GMT)

Good news for Ishant. I hope the underlying cause of his poor performances of late have been his ankle and as an Indian fan, I'm banking on Ishant to carry our fast bowling unit in future Tests. Such a promising cricketer.

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (March 26, 2012, 17:54 GMT)

One more fast bowler is sacrifice by dead pitches in asian conditions. I think asian team should only produce spinners from now on. None of the board encourage fast bowler at all. So sad to see death of fast bowling in Asia.

Look at SA Phalender is ripping apart every team in his way because of friendly fast bowling pitches. Learn from those teams.

Posted by PawanBandaru on (March 26, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

Wow..great to hear Ishant skipping IPL to play in test series..awesome buddy...

Posted by mustufa on (March 26, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

And he was saving all the best performances of his career for this IPL, what a shame.

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