3 Players who can replace Ishant Sharma in New Zealand Tests
Ishant has been ruled out of the series after a grade three ankle tear.
Updated - Jan 22, 2020 4:41 pm
The pace-troika of Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav have been one of the major reasons behind India’s dominance in Test cricket. India are on top of the ladder in the ICC World Test Championship, having notched 360 points with victories in all their matches.
Their next assignment in the format is against New Zealand, starting February 21 at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. India are most likely to have Jasprit Bumrah back after the pacer recovered from a back injury. But the visitors will be missing out on Ishant’s services.
The Delhi fast bowler developed a grade three ankle tear and has been ruled out of the Test series. Interestingly, he sustained the strain while appealing on his follow-through. The Indian management will now need to find his apt replacement.
In the article, let’s take a look at three bowlers, who can replace Ishant Sharma: –
1. Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj made his debut for India back in November 2017. Ever since, he has only played a solitary ODI and three T20Is. However, the Hyderabad fast bowler has kept performing on a consistent basis in the domestic circuit. Hence, he has been a part of India A’s setup for some time.
The 25-year-old can be roped in as Ishant’s replacement, bearing in mind his first-class numbers. In 33 matches, Siraj has 142 wickets with four five-wicket hauls. The pacer is known for his immaculate channels and his ability to generate movement off the track.
It means that the conditions in New Zealand can turn out to be handy for the speedster. Siraj was once picked for the two-match home Test series against the West Indies in October 2018, but he didn’t get to play.