Young fast bowler Ishant Sharma was ruled out of this month's first Test against South Africa on Monday as Indian selectors grappled with fitness issues following a long and difficult tour of Australia.
The selectors named a 14-man squad for the first two Tests of the three-match series beginning on March 26 but vice-captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and off-spinner Harbhajan Singh must clear a fitness test on March 21.
Ishant, 19, was the find of the tour in Australia where India lost 2-1 in the four-Test series, but won the tri-series finals 2-0 against the hosts.
He suffered a toe injury during the tour and a finger injury after his return and was advised three weeks' rest.
Video courtesy: ANI