Delhi Capitals (DC) had to do without veteran pacer Ishant Sharma as they took on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their opening encounter of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 on Sunday. While it was earlier reported that Ishant is out only for that game, it has now been learned that the lanky speedster could miss a couple of more games due to a back spasm.
With the season being long, the DC team management isn’t willing to rush Ishant into a comeback and is ready to give him time to completely heal himself.
“He will ideally need a little time and may miss a game or two. We will not risk Ishant and rush him into the XI so early in the season. The games have only begun and he is a vital cog going into the middle and business end of the tournament,” a Delhi Capitals staff member said on the development.
There have also been reports suggesting Ishant’s injury came as a result of the pressure he was put into training after months of inactivity because of the forced COVID-19 break.
“No, it has nothing to do with returning to training after the pandemic-induced break. He had been training constantly during the break so that is not the case,” said the DC official.
“Also, injuries happen to sportspersons all the time. Even a batsman can suffer spasms while batting at the nets. He was assessed immediately by the physio and necessary measures were taken,” he further explained.