- Ishant recently completed a triple century of ‘wickets’ in Test matches against England.
- This Indian Pacer took 226 wickets in his first 79 Tests.
- Dahiya said- Mahendra Singh Dhoni used Ishant as defensive bowler
The Indian cricket team’s veteran pacer Ishant Sharma was asked to interview during a 2019 Ranji Trophy match when he called himself ‘extinguished lamp’ but was cut off about 14 months after that. This lovely ‘Lumbu’ of Indian cricket is all set to play its 100th Test match.
Ishant, meanwhile, could not play five matches due to injury but now he is on his way to becoming the second fastest bowler to play 100 Test matches for India after Kapil Dev. Ishant said in Ferozeshah Kotla then, “Hey man, what will you do by interviewing me?” I am extinguished. ‘ Ishant’s former Delhi teammate and coach Vijay Dahiya feels that he will be the last fast bowler to play 100 Test matches for the country.
Dahiya said, ‘I think I will say it with complete certainty. Ishant will be the last Indian fast bowler to play 100 Test matches. I don’t think anyone else will be able to play 100 Test matches. Most fast bowlers save themselves for IPL (Indian Premier League) and limited overs matches and it will be very difficult for India to play 100 Test matches.
Pacer Ishant Sharma returns to practice after a break of three months
Ishant’s partner for the last 16 years and current captain of Delhi, Pradeep Sangwan, believes that when Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma took part in the Delhi Under-17 trials, he looked a different type of bowler. Sangwan said, ‘He is so tall and his waving hair again, we used to tease him. Brother Shahrukh came to see. Even in the days of the under-17s, he was very tall and bowled very fast. We knew he was special. You would have noticed that by the time Virat led us to win the Under-19 World Cup in 2008, Ishant had become a Test player and did not need to play in that tournament.
Ishant has taken 226 wickets in his first 79 Tests but has taken 76 wickets in the last 20 matches, which seems that the Delhi fast bowler has adapted himself to the needs of the team. Dahiya said, ‘Mahendra Singh Dhoni used him as a defensive bowler who kept a curb from one end. He relied on Ishant to play this role. You know how he remained in the team for so long because it is necessary to know what your captain wants and to walk accordingly.
Due to his hard work and fitness he has been doing eight to nine overs in a spell, test by test. Sangwan said, “He has been doing eight to nine overs in every spell for the last 18 years at a speed of 140 km. Now he is going to be 33 and even then he is spreading so long at almost the same speed.