As per latest cricket news, the Former India cricket team captain Sourav Ganguly has recently said that Bengal pacer Ashok Dinda will soon fly to Australia as a cover for the injured fast bowler, Ishant Sharma, who has been ruled out of the three-day practice match starting in Canberra on Monday.
Talking to media, Ganguly said, “Ashok Dinda will fly to Australia as a cover to Ishant in next 24 hours. My sources have confirmed this.”
According to Ganguly, “Dinda is India’s best pace bowler right now and should have been on that plane to Australia in first place with rest of the squad.”
Medium fast bowler Ishant Sharma is recovering from an injury in his left ankle, and due to which he left the ground just after bowling 5.3 overs against Cricket Australia Chairman’s XI on Thursday.
Though, the team management is quite confident that the player will be available for the first test match from December 26.
The media manager G S Walia said, “The doctor has advised him rest till Monday. So we would have a fresh look at him on Tuesday. But the work on him is going on and he’s improving.”
On the other hand, Ganguly said that Ishant will only play in the final 11 players if he is 100% fit.
He said, “This is a very long tour. If Ishant has pain in his ankle, then he should be rested for the first Test. The final Test of the series will be very crucial. You cannot play a bowler having even 50 per cent of fitness level. It will put immense pressure on the team like we saw in England where Zaheer broke down in the fist Test at Lord’s and India never recovered.”
Briefing to media, Ganguly said, “The Indian team management, be it skipper or the selector, if he is touring along, have to take a decision immediately. If Ishant isn’t fully fit, and has little chance of recovering, then he should be sent back home.”
The mystery surrounding Ishant’s fitness has also irked Kapil Dev.
On the other hand, 1983 World Cup winner team’s captain Kapil Dev said, “What is the need to hide anything in this age when there is so much of media presence and everything is being watched so closely.”
Kapil Dev said, “Him bowling just 5.3 overs in the practice match is definitely worrisome. Good if he is given rest and time to get fit again but if his injury is serious then I am very worried about the Indian team’s pace department.”