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Ishant Sharma

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm fast medium
Played for:
India, India A, India Red, North Zone, Rest of India, Kolkata, Hyderabad, India Under-19, Delhi, Hyderabad
Roles played:
Bowler
ICC Rank:
Batting:
0
Bowling:
24
Batting:
0
Bowling:
63
Home country:
India
Born:
September 02, 1988, Delhi

Profile

As India's stock of pace bowlers continued to deplete due to fitness issues, a lanky lad from Delhi profited best. Being the selectors'; perpetual option as a stand-in, Ishant Sharma has been on the periphery of the Indian team since his Test debut against Bangladesh in 2007.

With a privileged height of 6 feet 4 inches and a combination of a high arm delivery action and genuine speed, a determined five-for against the touring Pakistan side in 2008 in what was only his third taste of Test cricket endeared Sharma to many. With Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth out of contention, the Delhiite grew in stature recording speeds unseen since the times of Javagal Srinath. He represented Kolkata in the inaugural edition of the Indian T20 league before moving to the Hyderabad franchise.

It was Venkatesh Prasad, Srinath's bowling partner who coached Sharma. Prasad helped him to introduce variation in his bowling, art of reverse swing, resulting in his affirmation on the world stage. Sharma was notably responsible for Ricky Ponting's repeated dismissals, during encounters, both home and away in 2008 and is probably what comes to mind first when his name is raised. His career took a path of decline after his initial dream run in Tests and ODIs and in spite of completing 50 Tests, his average hovers in the high 30s. Sharma's 10 wickets in the 2013 Champions Trophy in England was one of the fine highlights of his ODI career. After his brilliant Champions Trophy performance, his performances dropped against Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. Due to poor form, he wasn’t included in the World T20 squad. Recently, he admitted that he had thought of quitting ODIs after he was dropped from the national side. Sharma will be representing the Hyderabad franchise once again in the 2014 edition of the Indian T20 League after he was bought for 2.6 crores during the auction.


Fast Facts

  • At a speed of 152 kph, Ishant Sharma recorded the second fastest ball by an Indian in an International match, behind Javagal Srinath’s 154 kph.
  • In India’s landmark victory in Australia in the 2008 Commonwealth Bank Series Tri-series, Ishant was India’s leading wicket-taker with 14 scalps.
  • In the 2008 home Test series win against the Aussies, he was named ‘Man of the Series’ for his 15 wickets, the only Indian pacer to be named series best player since Kapil Dev in 1983.
  • At 22 years and 301 days, Ishant became the fifth youngest Test bowler to reach 100 wickets.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 55 81 489 28 9.22 29.40 0 0 31
ODI 72 27 72 13 5.14 36.00 0 0 13
T20 14 3 8 2 8.00 88.88 0 0 5*
IPL 59 18 37 14 9.25 80.43 0 0 9
CLT20 3 0 0 - 0.00 0 0
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 55 97 11025 6161 164 6/51 / 37.56 3.35 7 5 1 224
ODI 72 71 3361 3207 102 4/38 / 31.44 5.72 4 0 0 109
T20 14 14 278 400 8 2/34 / 50.00 8.63 0 0 0 12
IPL 59 59 1283 1642 51 5/12 / 32.19 7.67 0 1 0 62
CLT20 3 3 72 108 3 2/36 / 36.00 9.00 0 0 0 2
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 12 0 2
ODI 16 0 1
T20 4 0 0
IPL 13 0 2

Career

Span:
Test:
2007-2014
 
ODI:
2007-2014
 
T20:
2008-2013
 
IPL:
2008-2013
 
CLT20:
2013-2013
Test
Debut:
India Vs Bangladesh at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka - May 25, 2007
Last played:
India Vs New Zealand at Basin Reserve, Wellington - Feb 14, 2014
ODI
Debut:
India Vs South Africa at Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast - Jun 29, 2007
Last played:
India Vs New Zealand at Seddon Park, Hamilton - Jan 22, 2014
T20
Debut:
India Vs Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne - Victoria - Feb 01, 2008
Last played:
India Vs Australia at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot - Oct 10, 2013
IPL
Debut:
Kolkata Vs Bangalore at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore - Karnataka - Apr 18, 2008
Last played:
Hyderabad Vs Rajasthan at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi - May 22, 2013
CLT20
Debut:
Hyderabad Vs Trinidad and Tobago at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali - Sep 24, 2013
Last played:
Hyderabad Vs Titans at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi - Sep 28, 2013
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