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'Ishant's ankle needs to be monitored seriously'

cricket Updated: Sep 16, 2011 23:54 IST

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Former Team India physio John Gloster feels that Ishant Sharma's ankle injury should be monitored with utmost seriousness as the youngster wants to undergo surgery only after a tour Down Under.

"I have read reports that Ishant wants to undergo surgery after the tour of Australia. Now that's an interesting situation and his case needs special attention. His injury needs to be monitored carefully," said Gloster.

"I am not saying that the moment you get injured, you decide on having an operation. Surgery should be your last option. Now in case of certain injuries, you can play with precautions. Like in case of Sachin's shoulder, it was monitored consistently and Sachin continued playing. Ishant's case is a bit different," Gloster explained.

"Imagine the kind of pounding a fast bowler's ankle takes as he lands on his final delivery stride. It's huge and considering the hardness of Australian grounds, it can be difficult at times," he further added.