News coming out of DC camp ahead of Saturday’s game suggested that the lanky fast bowler is carrying a niggle and was forced to sit out.
Delhi Capitals could also not play their South African pace duo Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, who have just arrived from South Africa and are serving quarantine.
DC also left out Umesh Yadav. Instead of their four internationally-acclaimed pace bowlers, DC played young Avesh Khan, who has represented India under-19s in the past. Khan opened the bowling with Chris Woakes.
Ishant sustained a left internal oblique muscle tear in October, 2020, during the IPL.
He was forced to miss a part of the T20 tournament and also missed India’s tour of Australia. He, however, returned for the home Test series against England and played his 100th Test.