Bangalore, Aug 29: Indian speedster Ishant Sharma has said that he will undergo surgery on his injured ankle after the away series against Australia in early part of 2012. India are scheduled to play a four-Test series Down Under that starts from Dec 26. It will be followed by two T20s and a tri-nation series that features Sri Lanka as the third-team.
The lanky-fast bowler was ruled out of the lone T20 and ODI series against England after sustaining a ligament injury to his left ankle during the third Test at Edgbaston.
He was quoted by a newspaper as saying, "It (the tour of Australia) is a very important tour and nobody wants to miss it," and added, "So I'll get the surgery done only after the Australian tour. I am going to the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, where I'll stay for a week or 10 days to undergo rehab and seek a proper schedule. At the moment, I've been told to do strengthening exercises."
Speaking about his injury he said, "I have a ligament tear in my left foot, and there is also a bone impingement in my left ankle. Surgery is the only way out. But if I undergo that now, my foot will be in plaster for about three months and the rehabilitation in all could take about 6-8 months."
If Ishant does indeed go ahead with his plans, then it could mean that he would miss IPL 2012, an away Test-series against Sri Lanka, followed by a full home-series against New Zealand. This would effectively that he would be ready for the England's tour of India in Nov-Dec 2012.