Ankle surgery rules Ishant Sharma out of IPL 5

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Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 17:10 [IST]
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Ishant Sharma ruled out of IPL 5

Bangalore, Mar 27: India's fast bowler Ishant Sharma has been ruled out this season's IPL tournament after undergoing an ankle surgery a few days ago.

Ishant Sharma was suffering from bone impingement on his left ankle, underwent a surgery a week back in London.

Ishant Sharma is likely to be out of action for atleast six months according to his IPL franchise Deccan Chages confirmed the reports and are looking for a possible replacement for the pacer.

Ishant had undergone surgery after he returned from Australia, where he played four Tests with five wickets at an average of 90.20.

Ishant had postponed the surgery during the tour of England last year to stay fit for the tour of australia as it would take six months for him to recover.

"Doctors told him that operation was necessary. It was important for him to have the surgery at the earliest so that he can complete his recovery and be ready for international cricket as early as possible. He will have to rest for close to three months before he can start practising and it will take another 2-3 months for him to reach his peak," Ishant's coach Sharvan Kumar told Mail Today.

"The surgery was done 10 days back in London. I spoke to him and he is fine. The stitches will be removed on April 2 after which he will return to India," he added. Ishant will be looking to get back into action with the Test series against New Zealand (August-September) at home.

"He will miss the IPL, but he will be available for the home series." Sharvan said.

After the IPL season, India will Sri Lanka for three Tests, play New Zealand for three Tests, apart from the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in October, India will host England for three Tests and seven ODIs.


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