We can compete against anyone in the world: Virat Kohli19 February 2020 / Miguel Prazeres
India will take on New Zealand in the opening Test in Wellington.
India's senior-most pacer Ishant Sharma hurt his ankle badly while bowling during a Ranji Trophy match against Vidarbha on Monday. The injury can turn out to be a significant one for the speedster as the Test squad for the tour of New Zealand is around the corner. For the matches to start, there’s still a month left for the bowler to recover. The extent of the 31-year-old's injury is not known, but Ishant looked in real pain as he hobbled off the ground with the help of support staff. The injury happened in the fifth over of Vidarbha's second innings and Ishant's third over. The pacer churned out a short-pitched delivery and left-hander Faiz Fazal tried to pull but the ball hit the pads, as Ishant vociferously appealed on the follow-through before slipping suddenly. His next outing is supposed to be a practice match in Hamilton but in case the injury turns out to be serious, he will be going to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for rehabilitation.
Senior India opener Shikhar Dhawan's tryst with injuries continued as he did not come out to bat after hurting his left shoulder during the third ODI against Australia in Bengaluru on Sunday. After being taken for an X-ray, Dhawan was seen with his left arm in a sling, putting under doubt his participation in the New Zealand tour, starting January 24 with a T20 match in Auckland. The team is set to leave for New Zealand on Monday morning and it is highly unlikely that Dhawan will travel with the team right away. "Shikhar's scans are here. The medical team is looking at the scans. He will be assessed and his condition will be taken care of and then we will take a call as and when we go," the BCCI media manager stated prior to the start of skipper Virat Kohli's press conference.
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