IPL 2020: Ishant Sharma ruled out due to muscle tear
Indian speedster Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of the IPL 2020 due to a muscle tear. Delhi Capitals have lost their second player after leg-spinner Amit Mishra got injured while playing. Ahead of DC's opening game this season, Ishant had injured his back during a training session in Dubai. Reportedly, the franchise has written to the IPL Governing Council, seeking a replacement.
DC made the announcement on Twitter
🚨 ANNOUNCEMENT 🚨— Delhi Capitals (Tweeting from 🇦🇪) (@DelhiCapitals) October 12, 2020
An unfortunate oblique muscle tear rules @ImIshant out of #Dream11IPL.
📰 Read more here 👉 https://t.co/oMOJfQZwTr
Everyone at #DelhiCapitals wishes Ishant a speedy recovery.#YehHaiNayiDilli pic.twitter.com/T6oLQmXmrR
Ishant sustained a left internal oblique muscle tear
Here is what DC's official statement revealed. "Delhi Capitals fast bowler Ishant Sharma experienced an acute episode of left rib cage pain while bowling at a team training session on 7 October 2020 in Dubai. Subsequent investigations revealed that he sustained a left internal oblique muscle tear," the statement read. "This injury will unfortunately rule him out of the remainder of the tournament."
Ishant played only a solitary game this season
Ishant was a vital cog in the DC set-up last year. However, he could play only a solitary game in the ongoing season, wherein he remained wicketless against Sunrisers Hyderabad. He was then dropped for the following few games with Harshal Patel replacing him. Ishant presently has 71 IPL wickets from 90 matches at 36.69. Besides, the extent of his injury is still unknown.
A number of DC players have suffered injuries
Ishant is the second player from Delhi Capitals to leave the season midway. Earlier, leg-spinner Amit Mishra sustained a flexor tendon injury to his ring finger while playing against KKR. The franchise later announced that the veteran spinner will miss the remainder of the tournament. His compatriot Ravichandran Ashwin too several matches due to shoulder injury, however, he made a comeback later on.
Ishant's replacement yet to be announced
Although DC have used the likes of Avesh Khan, Mohit Sharma and Harshal Patel to fill Ishant's void, none of them have proved effective. It has also been learned that the franchise has written to IPL Governing Council for getting Ishant's replacement. Nevertheless, the DC are going strong in the tournament, having secured five wins. They will face Rajasthan Royals on October 14.