Indiaâ€™s Sharma out of first Test against New Zealand
Indian pacer Ishant Sharma was on Tuesday ruled out of the first Test against New Zealand after contracting the mosquito-borne disease chikungunya.
â€œIshant Sharma is recovering from chikungunya and will not be available for the first Test match,â€ Coach Anil Kumble told reporters in Kanpur, where the opening Test starts on Thursday.
Kumble said a replacement has not been sought for Sharma in the 15-member squad that includes three other fast bowlers â€” Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav.
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28-year-old Sharma has taken 209 wickets from 72 Tests, with seven five-wicket hauls.
Some 14,600 cases of the illness that causes high fever and joint pain have been recorded across the country so far this year.
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The numbers are not higher than in previous years, but hospitals in New Delhi have been struggling to cope, sparking a political row over who is to blame for failing to properly prepare for the outbreak.
The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can carry the Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses, is prevalent in India, and is most active during the monsoon season from June to September.
source THE TRIBUNE