Former Skipper Sourav Ganguly on Sunday revealed that Bengal pacer Ashok Dinda will fly to Australia as a cover for injured fast bowler Ishant Sharma, who has been ruled out of a three-day practice match starting in Canberra on Monday.
"Ashok Dinda will fly to Australia as a cover to Ishant in next 24 hours. My sources have confirmed this," Ganguly told 'Aaj Tak' in a special show which also included 1983 world cup winning captain Kapil Dev.
"Dinda is India's best pace bowler right now and should have been on that plane to Australia in first place with rest of the squad," he said.
Ishant is recovering from injury in his left ankle which forced him to leave the field after bowling only 5.3 overs against Cricket Australia Chairman's XI in Delhi on Thursday.
However, the team management sounded optimistic on Ishant's participation in the series opener from December 26.
"The doctor has advised him rest till Monday. So we would have a fresh look at him on Tuesday. But the work on him is going on and he's improving," said media manager G S Walia here this morning.
The lanky fast bowler did come with the rest of his teammates to Manuka Oval this morning but spent the entire duration either strolling at the ground or turning his arm over from a stationery position at the nets.