New Delhi: The Indian team was a dealt a significant blow on Tuesday after Ishant Sharma was ruled out of the 1st Test against New Zealand.
According to a report on ESPNCricinfo, the Delhi pacer is recovering from chikungunya.
Despite Ishant's absence, the team management hasn't requested for a replacement.
While the Kiwis have had plenty of problems with missing players, Ishant's illness was India's first.
Kane Williamson will be without all-rounder James Neesham and fast bowler Tim Southee for the series opener.
The four-match Test series will commence on September 22.
The first Test also marks the 500th match in whites for the Indian cricket team.