Ishant Sharma is likely to be fit for the first Australian test in Adelaide.
He is in India after being ruled out of the IPL with a muscle tear.
According to the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, Ishant Sharma will begin bowling on November 18th and gradually increase his workload.
The squads for the Australian tour are likely to be announced by next week after a meeting with the selectors.
A key question regarding Ishant Sharma is whether he travels to Dubai for a camp with the other test specialists or flies straight to Australia.
India would hope Ishant Sharma travels to Australia as he is a key bowler.
He played every test series in Australia since 2008 and shot to fame with his spell against Ponting at Perth.
Ishant Sharma’s ability to bowl long spells makes him the perfect support to bowlers like Shami and Bumrah, who can bowl in short bursts.
Ishant Sharma is also on the verge of becoming the second Indian fast bowler after Kapil Dev to play 100 test matches.
The record alone shows Ishant Sharma’s ability and experience.
A tentative schedule has been released regarding the tour, but a formal announcement is yet to be made.
The tour is on so far with discussions regarding the bio-bubble and medical support.
Having initially not allowed families, BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly, says that he sees no reason why families cannot travel with the players.
Hardik Pandya’s fitness:
Another point of discussion for the selectors is Hardik Pandya.
Hardik Pandya has undergone back surgery and is still not bowling.
He is playing in IPL 2020 as a batsman as the Mumbai Indians do not want to test his bowling workload yet and risk a recurrence of the injury.
He is an essential player with the ability to bowl sharp bouncers and use the bouncy Australian pitches.
However, considering he has not been bowling in the IPL, it is unlikely Pandya can withstand the burden of test match bowling.
If Pandya is available only as a batsman, the selectors may look at other options during the test series.