Deccan Chargers have suffered a setback just before the start of the Indian Premier League with fast bowler Ishant Sharma ruled out for at least six months following a surgery on his ankle.
Chargers said they will be asking for a replacement for Ishant, but are still to decide on any player. “Ishant Sharma will not be playing the IPL-V season due to an injury. We will get a full time replacement in his place,” said Girish Dongre, general manager (team operations) of Deccan Chargers. The fifth edition of the IPL begins on April 4.
The India pacer and South African speedster Dale Steyn were the strike bowlers for the Hyderabad-based team. Chargers, who finished seventh in the previous season, will rely on all-rounder Daniel Christian, who made his ODI debut against India at Melbourne in the Commonwealth Bank series, to shore up the pace bowling department. There is also Manpreet Gony, who did not get an opportunity last season.
Ishant, who was suffering from a bone impingement on his left ankle, underwent a surgery a week back. He played the four Tests in Australia but missed the tri-nation ODI series. The fast bowler had been carrying the problem since the England tour last year. After rehabilitation at National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore, he was able to play the rest of the season. But the injury resurfaced during the Test series in Australia.
“Doctors told him that operation was necessary. It was important for him to have the surgery at the earliest so that he can complete his recovery and be ready for international cricket as early as possible. He will have to rest for close to three months before he can start practising and it will take another 2-3 months for him to reach his peak,” Ishant’s coach Sharvan Kumar told MAIL TODAY.
“The surgery was done 10 days back in London. I spoke to him and he is fine. The stitches will be removed on April 2 after which he will return to India,” he added. Ishant will be looking to get back into action with the Test series against New Zealand ( August-September) at home.
"He will miss the IPL, but he will be available for the home series.” Sharvan said.</p><p> After the IPL, India will tour Sri Lanka for three Tests in July, host New Zealand for three Tests, besides the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in October followed by the long home series against England which includes three Tests and seven One-Day Internationals.