‘Scans were a little scary,’ Ishant Sharma elated after passing fitness test for series in NZ – cricket

India captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri can heave a sigh of reduction as senior quick bowler Ishant Sharma has handed his fitness test on the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and can now be part of the staff in New Zealand for the two-Test series beginning February 21.

Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments confirmed that Ishant has handed the test. “Yes, he has passed the fitness test and will join the Indian team for the Test series in New Zealand,” sources stated.

The pacer had suffered a Grade three tear on his proper ankle whereas enjoying for Delhi in their Ranji Trophy encounter in opposition to Vidarbha on the Arun Jaitley Stadium right here.

Ishant thanked National Cricket Academy coach Ashish Kaushik for serving to him by a “roller coaster” journey following affirmation that he can be becoming a member of the Indian staff in New Zealand in time for their two-match Test series.

“It was a roller coaster ride for me after the injury on my ankle on 20th January but with the help of Ashish Kaushik I managed to pull it off! Scans were a little scary, but today I am happy that I am fit ! Thanks Ashish Kaushik!” Ishant tweeted on Saturday.


A day after the studies got here in, DDCA director Sanjay Bhardwaj had stated that the pacer was all however out of the Test series in opposition to New Zealand as he had been requested to relaxation his leg for six weeks.

“He has been advised complete rest for six weeks, so there is little chance of him playing the Test series against New Zealand next month. When he goes to the National Cricket Academy will depend on his getting into a position where he can walk properly,” the previous cricketer had stated.

The 31-year-outdated picked up the damage in the fifth over of Vidarbha’s second innings — his third. Ishant was seen writhing in ache and needed to be taken off the bottom as he wanted medical consideration. Ishant returned figures of three/45 in Vidarbha’s first essay.

While the primary Test is about to be performed from February 21 to 25, the second Test is from February 29 to March 4. The Indian staff is at present enjoying a three-day heat-up recreation in opposition to a New Zealand XI facet in Hamilton.

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