India’s Gentle Giant Scales The 300 Mark

India’s Gentle Giant Scales The 300 Mark

By Neel Gudka9 February, 2021 3 min read
India’s Gentle Giant Scales The 300 Mark

At 32, Ishant Sharma isn’t the oldest member in the present Indian side, but he has played more test matches than anyone else. The fast bowler has been around forever. One remembers him as a lanky 19-year-old in 2007, who took the world by storm when he troubled the great Ricky Ponting.

In the early part of his career, Sharma largely played the supporting role to the team’s senior pacer Zaheer Khan. When he became the side’s senior paceman after Zak’s departure, many expressed doubt over his ability to lead the pace attack. For years, Ishant had donned the unflattering tag of a talent who hadn’t quite fulfilled his potential.

This has changed dramatically since 2018. In what is seen as a second wind to his long career, he has looked a bowler in much more control of his craft and has produced some of his finest performances during this period. Ishant has been at the helm of India’s recent fast bowling renaissance. Being the seasoned veteran to a pack of young fast bowlers, he has led from the front, bowling tirelessly and accurately. Since the start of 2018, he has picked 74 wickets at a mighty impressive average of 19.39 (the best among his teammates) and a strike rate of 42.80. To the Indian fan, the new Ishant has been a joy to watch.

On Monday, Ishant reached 300 test wickets when he trapped Dan Lawrence leg before wicket, becoming only the sixth Indian bowler and the third Indian pacer, after Kapil Dev and Zaheer Khan, to accomplish the feat. Here’s a look at the wishes he received on social media.

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