India at home in this season remained flawless as they didn't lose a single series ever since South Africa visited for a 3 T20I and 3 Test series in September 2019. The Virat Kohli led troop will now march into their first away assignment for the year 2020 when they take on New Zealand for a complete tour, which will get underway from January 24th with 5-match T20I series.
The squad has already been announced for the T20Is, but the ODIs and Test squads are yet to be announced. However, ahead of the announcement, there are injury concerns over Test specialist seamer Ishant Sharma who hurt his ankle badly in a Ranji game against Vidarbha.
The Delhi spearhead was up and running in the game against Vidarbha on Monday where he finished with figures of 3 for 45 in the first innings. However, in the fifth over of the second innings of Vidarbha, Ishant slipped on his followthrough and looked in severe pain. The pain was immense that he called for medical help immediately but later has to wobble off the ground.
He suffered an injury in the fifth over of Vidarbha's second innings in the match being held at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. Ishant bowled short ball to Vidarbha captain Faiz Fazal and he slipped in his followthrough.
The extent of the injury to the 31-year old is still unknown, but the way he hobbled off the ground, it definitely looked troublesome.
Not only Ishant Sharma, but another Delhite Shikhar Dhawan‘s selection remains in apprehension after he hurt his shoulder while fielding in the final ODI against Australia. He didn't come out to bat in the second innings which definitely raised many eyebrows over his fitness.
He had an impressive run in the series against Australia scoring 170 runs from just 2 innings at a staggering average of 85. With the purple-patch he is currently in, his absence for the New Zealand tour could be really disappointing for team India.