New Delhi: Delhi will miss the services of its regular skipper Ishant Sharma in the upcoming Ranji Trophy semifinal against Bengal in Pune, starting 17 December.
Ishant has reportedly sustained an ankle niggle during the final Test against Sri Lanka in the capital earlier this month.
With Test regulars Mohammed Shami and Wriddhiman Saha playing for Bengal, Delhi would have loved to get the services of its regular skipper who has taken 20 wickets in four Ranji games this season.
"Ishant has a slight ankle niggle and he would not like to aggravate his injury before the South Africa series. The Delhi team reached Pune this evening without Ishant," a member of the Delhi team management told PTI.
The BCCI has allowed all the Test regulars whose teams have qualified for the semi-finals to play for their respective states in order to get match time.
The Indian team is not playing any practice game so national selectors wanted Test regulars to play Ranji semi- finals.
KL Rahul will not be available for Karnataka as he is in the T20 squad along with Manish Pandey.
For Delhi, Rishabh Pant will be leading the side in Ishant's absence.
Navdeep Saini will be leading the attack alongside Vikas Tokas. Akash Sudan will be the back up pacer for Delhi.
Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.
Here’s all you need to know about the 1st T20I between India and Sri Lanka in Colombo:
Having beaten Sri Lanka by 38 runs in the opening encounter, the Indians are unlikely to ring in changes to the winning combination unless the team management decides to rest Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav, who are getting ready to link up with the red-ball team in the United Kingdom.
While the senior and first-team players are busy preparing for the England Test series, it will be an opportunity for the players in Sri Lanka to learn, redeem and resurrect their careers.