Some breaking news coming in for the Indian cricket fans and key players Ishant Sharma and Rohit Sharma reportedly have been ruled out of the first two test matches against Australia. Both of the players are only the part of the longer format of the game and the chances of playing that too are very little.
The reason being the Covid protocols and the bio-bubble requirements.
In order to be in selection choice for the New Year Test, Ishant Sharma, who has achieved his peak fitness, but as Ravi Shastri recently alluded to needing intense practice, will have to board the flight to Australia almost immediately, since the 14-day quarantine requirement Down Under means that he can only start training only after completing the isolation period. The third Test of the series starts at the SCG on January 07.
“If there is a T20 game and he needs to just bowl four overs, Ishant is good to go immediately, but for him to get back to Test-match fitness, he needs four weeks of proper bowling still,” a BCCI source said as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.
According to recent reports and sources, the team-administrators and selectors are looking to add Shreyas Iyer to the squad. A regular member of the white-ball set-up, Iyer has 4592 First-Class runs to his name in 54 games at an average of 52.18.
The supremely talented right-hander has as many as 12 centuries and 23 half-centuries to his name and the DC skipper has been a part of the red-ball squad in the past. He was called in as a cover for the injured Virat Kohli during the 2017 home series against Australia.