India pace bowler, Ishant Sharma, has been ruled out for the next six months, after undergoing surgery to repair his ankle.
Sharma, will also miss the upcoming IPL tournament, where he was set to represent the Deccan Chargers.
General manager of team operations for the Deccan Chargers, Girish Dongre, said: “Ishant Sharma will not be playing the IPL-V season due to an injury. We will get a full time replacement in his place.”
The Indian pace bowler, was to join South African fast bowler, Dale Steyn, to make up to speed duo for the Chargers bowling attack, but, the IPL franchise will now have to rely on all-rounder Daniel Christian, to take his place.
Sharma, is suffering from a bone impingement on his left ankle, and agreed to undergo surgery, after doctors told him it would be necessary.
Sharma’s coach, Sharvan Kumar, speaking exclusively to MAIL TODAY, said: “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 practicing and it will take another 2-3 months for him to reach his peak.”
He originally hurt his ankle in India’s tour of England last year, but, after going through intense rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, he continued to play, before, the injury resurfaced during India’s tour to Australia.
Sharma, however, played all four tests in the Australia series, but, was unavailable to participate in the ODI series and the Commonwealth Bank tri-series that followed.
Kumar, said that Sharma was recovering well after the surgery, and cannot wait to get back on the cricket field. “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 said.
Kumar also added that Sharma will be looking to make his international comeback, when India host New Zealand for three test matches in August-September later in the year.
With Ishant Sharma added to the injury roster, India, are starting to have a tough time finding full-time bowlers to add to the national team, but, one thing that is certain, is that Sharma, will be missed by both the national squad and the fans.