Ishant Sharma, who just returned to the India XI in December after surgery on his left ankle, is reportedly going to consult a specialist in Melbourne after feeling some pain in the same ankle, according to ESPNcricinfo, which said the consultation is a “precautionary measure”.
However, Ishant sent out a tweet after the story appeared saying he is just going to Melbourne to make his insoles and that is not injured.
In the off chance that Ishant’s ankle requires more treatment, then it could force India to change their bowling attack just ahead of the series against Australia, which begins on 22 February. India are already missing the injured Zaheer Khan (calf strain) and Umesh Yadav (back) so losing Ishant too would require them to manage without their three most experienced fast bowlers.
Ishant originally picked up a ligament injury on India's tour of England in August 2011, but opted not to have surgery until after the tour of Australia. He was out of action from March 2012 until the England series. He was part of the India squad against New Zealand but did not play a game. It was following the England one-day series that Ishant was reported to have suffered some discomfort.
Meanwhile Varun Aaron, another fast bowlers who has been injury prone, is going to London for consultations about his back problem. "I will be going there next week, where I will be meeting a couple of doctors and seeking their advice. They will review the state of fitness of my back and based on that I will take a call on when I should begin bowling," Aaron told theIndian Express. "I have been bowling on and off but haven't bowled flat out. After this consultation I will get a clear picture of my body."