Ishant Sharma Biography: Indian Cricket Team’s Senior-Most Pacer Getting Better With Time

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Ishant Sharma Biography
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Ishant Vijay Sharma is Indiaโ€™s premier fast bowler in Test Cricket. Ishant started as a fast bowler and his accuracy and bounce have brought him a long way. His reverse swing makes him a threat with the old ball and normal swing with the new ball.

Ishant Sharma gained instant recognition and popularity when he got wickets of Australian great and then captain Ricky Ponting and many other batsmen in India’s tour of Australia in 2008. The lanky pacer is highly considered for the most important form of the game – the Tests, where he has had a huge role to play in India’s recent success.

Ishant Sharma Biography

About Athlete
Full Name
Ishant Vijay Sharma
Age
30 years
Sport Category
Cricket
Date of Birth
2 September, 1988
Hometown
Delhi
Height
1.93 m
Parent
Vijay and Girisha Sharma
ODI Debut
29 June 2007 Vs South Africa
Test Debut
25 May 2007 Vs Bangladesh
T 20 Debut
1 February 2008 Vs Australia

Early Days and Domestic Career

Ishant Sharma left his studies after class 10th and started focusing on only Cricket. Ishant toured England with the India U-19’s in 2006 and Pakistan in 2006โ€“07. He played three youth tests and six youth One Day Internationals for India.

In domestic cricket, he plays for Delhi. In 132 first class games, Ishant has picked up 432 wickets, at an average of 29.47 which includes 13 five wicket hauls and 2 ten wicket hauls.

International Career

 

In May 2007, Sharma was selected in the Indian Cricket team(test) for the Bangladesh tour. Over there he played in the second test where he bowled three overs including one maiden and conceded only five runs without taking a wicket. During Pakistan’s tour of India in December 2007, Sharma picked up 5 wickets during the third test in Bangalore.

On the fourth day of the third Test match at Perth, he bowled an exceptional spell to Australian captain Ricky Ponting that resulted in his wicket and helped India claim victory.

 

On 10 February 2008, Sharma bagged four important wickets in the 4th ODI of CB Series against Australia. He ended the match with figures of 4/38 and named Man of the Match. During the 2008 Test series against Australia in India, Ishant was the leading wicket-taker, with 16, and was named man-of-the-series as India won 2โ€“0.

He thereby became the first Indian fast bowler to win such an award in a Test series on Indian soil after Kapil Dev who won the award in 1983.

On 5 October 2010, Ishant helped VVS Laxman pull off a highly unlikely win over Australia by one wicket in the first Test in Mohali after India had fallen to 8/124 in pursuit of 205. Ishant provided Laxman with support during an 81-run partnership in which he contributed 31 valuable runs.

 

In the 2014 tour of England, Sharma secured his career-best figures of 7/74 at the Lord’s, with an aggressive spell in England’s second innings, and India won by 95 runs.

Ishant Sharma in Indian Premier League

 

Ishant Sharma was bought for a bid of $950,000 by Kolkata Knight Riders in the player auction for the Indian Premier League in the first season in 2008. This was the highest amount paid for any bowler in the tournament.

Later he played for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League. In December 2018, he was bought by the Delhi Capitals in the player auction for the 2019 Indian Premier League.

 

Career Statistics

 

CompetitionTestODIFCList A
Matches9080133123
Wickets267115426178
Bowling Average34.2830.9829.4728.95
5 Wicket Haul8131
10 Wicket Haul12
Best7/744/347/245/21

 

Ishant Sharma’s Favourites

Favourite Batsman: Sachin Tendulkar

Favourite Bowler: Glenn McGrath

Favourite Actress: Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif

Favourite Movie: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

Favourite Food: Grilled Meat

Social Media


Ishant Sharma has a lot of potential to become India’s best fast bowler ever and we wish him all the very best for his future.

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Gaurav Kadam is a young sportswriter and journalist who is a huge cricket enthusiast. He is a bibliophile and a movie and American TV series buff, who is completely addicted to Netflix. Gaurav is liberal in thoughts and agnostic in deeds.

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