Eventually Ishant Sharma agreed to play the Ranji Trophy match, but…

Eventually Ishant Sharma agreed to play the Ranji Trophy match, but…

New Delhi: Veteran India pacer Ishant Sharma is all set to join the Delhi team ahead of their Ranji Trophy match against Tamil Nadu starting on Thursday. Earlier he had declared himself unavailable for the league stage. However, Ishant will not be able to play in the match against Tamil Nadu as he will have to undergo a five-day isolation. He will be available for the second match against Jharkhand from February 24. Delhi has to play its third and final match against Chhattisgarh.

Another fast bowler Navdeep Saini is also likely to reach Guwahati for the match against Jharkhand. Delhi team sources said, ‘Ishant is reaching today. He will be available for the second match. It would have been nice if both the fast bowlers were available for the first match but their return is welcome and will strengthen the team.

Sources in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) said that Ishant changed his mind as he did not sell in the IPL auction. “If he doesn’t play in the Ranji Trophy, no team will consider his name. Even he has to play to grab the attention of the national selectors. Had he got an IPL contract, he could have pulled out of Ranji. Meanwhile, in the first match, along with Dhruv Shorey, India’s Under-19 team captain Yash Dhul can open the innings. Sources said, ‘He is ready to open the innings. He is in good form and it would be good to give him a chance at such times.

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