Canberra, Dec 15: Indian team management has cleared the air as rumors about Ishant Sharma's fitness was doing rounds after he was forced to leave the field bowling just 5.3 overs during the practice match against Cricket Australia's Chairman XI in Canberra on Thursday.
Ishant experienced pain in the ankle for the second time as he pointed his ankle to the physio and left the ground. Fact is that, he was actually carrying an ankle injury since the tour of England, suggesting a chance for breakdown.
Ishant was forced to leave the field after bowling just 5.3 overs, India team manager Shivlal Yadav said, Sharma was slated to bowl only 6 overs in the first two practice matches and the reason for him leaving the field and abandon one over was due to the loosening of the strap on his ankle which forced him to moe out of the field.
Since its just a practice match, India wanted to experiment with various bowlers and give the youngsters a chance. Though he was not present for the next two sessions after leaving the field in the first session sources close to the team management suggest that there is no need to worry as the injury isn't serious.
More than anyone else, Dhoni will be a relieved man as India's plans for the Australian series would take a backseat if any player in the squad has an injury scare, especially in this case it would have affected more as Ishant happens to be one of the experienced bowlers in the squad for the four match series starting on Boxing day.