India vs Australia Test Series : Indian cricket team can breathe little easy and both Ishant Sharma and India’s test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha are recovering well from their injuries. Though Saha has travelled with team India to Australia, Ishant is recuperating in the National Cricket Academy. The news coming in from both the places augurs well for their chances to play in the 1st test match of the series scheduled for December 17th.
Ishant Sharma fit to bowl – The lanky Indian fast bowler dropped out of IPL 2020 to get ready for the series against Australia. According to the information available, Ishant went through a fitness test in Bengaluru on Wednesday morning under the watchful eyes of NCA chief Rahul Dravid and Chairman of Selection Committee and both are happy with his progress.
Ishant had an abdominal muscle tear but has recovered completely from the injury and has started bowling in the nets. If declared fit, Ishant will travel separately to Australia to join with his team-mates.
India will play two practice games in Sydney (December 6-8 and December 11-13) before travelling to Adelaide for the series-opening pink-ball Test, India’s first day-night Test overseas. Ishant will play in both these matches and will have to prove his match fitness.
BCCI Confirms Wriddhiman recovering well – India wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha, who had sustained injuries to both his hamstrings during his time with Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the 13th edition of the IPL earlier this month, is progressing nicely ahead of the Test series against Australia.
While Saha had missed the Eliminator and the Qualifier II due to the injury as SRH bowed out of the IPL after losing to Delhi Capitals on November 8, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday shared a clip from Saha’s training session where the right-handed batsman was seen hitting the ball right out of the middle of the bat.
BCCI had earlier said that a call on Saha’s availability would be taken later after Varun Chakravarthy and Kamlesh Nagarkoti were ruled out of the Australia tour.
“Look who is batting in the nets today. Hello @Wriddhipops!,” BCCI tweeted.
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 18, 2020
India and Australia are slated to square off against each other in three ODIs, three T20Is and four Tests. The tour will commence with the three-match ODI series, slated to begin from November 27 in Sydney.
India skipper Virat Kohli will be playing just one Test against Australia and will then head back home after being granted paternity leave by the BCCI.
BCCI had also confirmed that Rohit Sharma will be rested for the white-ball leg of the Australia tour and will be a part of the Test squad.
The four-match series will be a part of the World Test Championship (WTC). India and Australia are at the top two spots in the WTC standings.