When Ishant Sharma arrived into the international arena, a tall fast bowler was often a rarity when His height and rhythmic action made him an exciting prospect and many predicted him to play for India for a long time. He shot into prominence in 2007-08 India tour of Australia when he troubled the legendary Ricky Ponting in the iconic Perth Test. Playing alongside Zaheer Khan, he formed a lethal fast bowling attack for India and played crucial role in India’s historic Test series win in New Zealand.
Ishant is 32 years old. He was born on 2 September, 1988 in Delhi.
Ishant is married to Pratima Singh. She is a national Basketball player.
110 Crore INR
Test Career: Wkts 303, Bowl Avg. 32
ODI Career: Wkts 115, Bowl Avg. 30
T20I Career: Wkts 8, Bowl Avg. 50
IPL Career: Wkts 73, Bowl Avg. 37
Ishant Sharma’s rise was a rapid one as he made his Ranji Trophy debut for Delhi at the age of 18 in 2006. Coincidently, this was also the debut first-class match for India’s current captain Virat Kohli. His tall height and ability to bowl 140 kph attracted the selectors’ mind and he soon made his Test debut in 2007 against Bangladesh. His ability to bowl long spells with good pace made him a captain’s go-to man.
But Sharma’s moment came in the WACA Ground in 2008 against Australia. He was all over Ponting in the whole match and dismissed him twice in the match. He still regards it as one of the best spells he has ever bowled.
From here, he became an integral part of the Indian setup. But injuries and lack of form made sure he was not a regular part of the eleven. His average went higher and with competition increasing, his place was under scanner. But with experience, he kept on improving and got fitter. In ODIs, he has been part of some historic moments for India like winning the 2013 Champions Trophy.
Ishant Sharma is the first Indian bowler to claim a five-wicket haul in a Day-night Test match. Over the years, he has played a big role in India’s rise to the top in Test cricket. With his skills and experience, he will play an important role in India’s upcoming Test assignments.