Veteran Indian pacer Ishant Sharma has received three stitches after sustaining an injury on his bowling hand while stopping the ball during the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final against New Zealand in Southampton.
“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.
According to reports, Sharma required multiple stitches on his middle and fourth finger in his right hand. The speedster is expected to recover ahead of the five-Test series against England, that is set to start on August 4.
“The squad travelled together to London. From here they can all leave for their respective destinations within the UK for a 20-day break,” the BCCI official told PTI.
Ishant Sharma took a blow to his hand while stopping trying to stop a drive off his own bowling against the inaugural WTC Final champions, New Zealand in their second innings. Following this, he immediately left the field as his hand was found bleeding.
India lost the inaugural WTC Final as New Zealand registered a historic win, beating the Men in Blue by eight wickets. This was the third successive loss for the Indian team against the Black Caps.
After completing their stay in Southampton, the Indian team travelled to London with their families and will likely be spending time there for around three weeks.
“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 updated.
The squad will assemble together in London on July 14, following which they will travel to Nottingham for their first Test against England.