Ranji Trophy: Ishant ruled out of semifinal

Ishant, like Bengal’s Mohammad Shami, Wriddhiman Saha, Vidarbha’s Umesh Yadav and Karnataka’s K. L. Rahul, was released by the Board to play the semifinals ahead of the upcoming tour to South Africa.

This season, Ishant has led Delhi well taking 20 wickets in four matches. His absence, coupled with the availability of Shami and Saha for Bengal, is sure to dent Delhi’s prospects.   -  AKHILESH KUMAR

Nursing an ankle ‘niggle’, Ishant Sharma will miss Delhi’s Ranji Trophy semifinal against Bengal that is to be played in Pune from December 17 to 21.

Ishant, like Bengal’s Mohammad Shami, Wriddhiman Saha, Vidarbha’s Umesh Yadav and Karnataka’s K. L. Rahul, was released by the Board to play the semifinals ahead of the upcoming tour to South Africa.

Shami, Saha in Bengal squad

This season, Ishant has led Delhi well taking 20 wickets in four matches. His absence, coupled with the availability of Shami and Saha for Bengal, is sure to dent Delhi’s prospects.

It is learnt that Ishant has informed Delhi and District Cricket Association’s Cricket Affairs Committee of his unavailability for the match. This also means Akash Sudan will retain his place in the squad.

  Dugout videos