ENGvsIND: Team India’s senior lanky pacer Ishant Sharma found himself surrounded by a barrage of questions following his indifferent show in the recently held England vs India 3rd test match which the visitors lost by a margin of an innings and 76 runs. The experts believe that Ishant Sharma is likely to get an axe from the playing11 for the remaining two matches.
The speedster had the worst figures from the third test match. Sharma gave away 92 runs in 22 overs without a maiden over and looked jaded. Moreover, he bowled with an average speed of late 120s and early 130s.
The lousy outing of the pacer has raised questions over his fitness. Bowling below his average speed gave a slight indication that the pacer is not completely fit and which has apparently also stunned his fans.
There were no clarifications on whether Ishant was completely fit or not. Virat Kohli during the post-match presentation and video conference refrained from answering questions relating to Ishant Sharma.
However, Kohli did indicate in coming up with a few changes in the playing11 in the next match at Kennington Oval. India and England will begin the fourth test match at Oval London, starting September 2.
There are fairly high chances of all-rounder Shardul Thakur to take the field in the next test match replacing Ishant.
Ravichandran Ashwin to get a chance in the 4th test match:
On the other hand, Ravindra Jadeja sustained a knee injury and the scans were held to measure the extent of the injury. A few sources informed that there is nothing to worry about, however, no official confirmations have been made regarding the injury.
Ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin looks favourite to take the field. Ashwin played his last test match at this same venue for Surrey and scalped a fifer to damage the opposition.
It is almost certain that the spinner will not be benched at least in this venue, however, there will be doubt whether India goes on with two spinners or drops off Jadeja.