Ishant Sharma sustains injury in WTC final against New Zealand, gets stitches on his right hand

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Ishant Sharma sustained an injury on his bowling hand and required multiple stitches, but the senior speedster is expected to recover before the five-Test series against England, starting August 4.

India’s Ishant Sharma holds his right hand fingers before going off the field during the sixth day of the World Test Championship final against New Zealand (Courtesy: AP)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • India’s five-match Test series against England will start from August 4
  • New Zealand beat India by 8 wickets in the WTC final
  • Ishant Sharma is expected to recover before the England series

Senior India pacer Ishant Sharma has sustained an injury on his right hand during the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.

According to PTI, Ishant Sharma had multiple stitches on his middle and fourth finger in his right hand. However, it is not very serious.

“The stitches will be off in around 10 days and with six weeks left for the first Test against England, he is expected to recover in time,” PTI quoted a senior BCCI official.

Ishant Sharma’s bowling hand required multiple stitches but the senior speedster is expected to recover before the five-Test series against England, starting August 4.

The senior pacer sustained the injury while trying to stop a drive off his own bowling in the New Zealand second innings during the WTC final, which India lost by eight wickets. He was immediately taken off the field as he was bleeding profusely.

The Indian team on Thursday travelled to London from Southampton and will now disperse for three weeks.

“The squad travelled together to London. From here they can all leave for their respective destinations within UK for a 20 day break,” the BCCI official told PTI.

With most players having acquaintances in and around London, they are expected to be in the UK capital only.

“Some of them are tennis fans and if Wimbledon allows spectators, you might see them going for some of the show court matches. A few might be checking out if tickets for the Euro games at Wembley are available,” the BCCI official told PTI.

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