New Zealand and India will lock horns in a 2 match Test series from 21 February. In this series under the ICC Test Championship, the Indian team will face a very tough challenge in New Zealand. After 2009, the Indian team has not won any Test match here. Therefore, the series is going to be very difficult for Team India. After suffering a clean sweep in the ODI series, the confidence of the Indian team must have gone down significantly. Indian team’s premier fast bowler Ishant Sharma suffered an injury during the Ranji Trophy match.
Ishant Sharma suffered an injury.
He twisted his ankle during the Ranji Trophy match for Delhi. Even then he was included in the Test Squad for the series against New Zealand. He had to pass a fitness test before moving to New Zealand. Ishant has bowled consistently in the last few years in Test matches. His injury is a big blow to the Indian team. He is also the most experienced bowler in the Test team.
Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of the first Test match, as reported by the Times of India. He has not yet given a fitness test for the Test match starting on 21 February. This comes as a big setback for the Indian team.
There were reports that he was going to have a fitness test on February 13 but it did not happen. Ishant Sharma, who has played 96 Test matches for India, is the most experienced player in the team right now. He was also a part of the tour of New Zealand in 2009 and 2014.
The leading bowlers of the Indian team are struggling with form. Mohammed Shami, Jaspreet Bumrah and Navdeep Saini’s performance in the ODI series were really poor. Umesh Yadav’s Ranji form has also been nothing special.
Yadav has 13 wickets in 5 matches. That is why Ishant Sharma’s fitness was very important for the team. Now his exit from the first Test is a big setback for Team India. Also, there is no report on whether he will be fit for the second Test from February 29.