Indian pacer Ishant Sharma was overcome with emotions on a day where he scripted history and etched into the annals of Indian cricket by becoming just the third pacer from his country to take 300 Test match wickets.
Ishant has joined the elite list consisting of two of India’s biggest match-winners when it comes to the fast bowling department- Kapil Dev (434) and Zaheer Khan (311).
Overall, the Delhi pacer became the sixth Indian bowler to breach Mount.300 in red-ball cricket. The moment of truth came during the afternoon session when Ishant trapped Dan Lawrence plumb in front.
Speaking to the host broadcasters after the end of the 4th day, Ishant Sharma described his journey as a ‘rollercoaster’ besides expressing his gratitude towards his various mentors who helped him learn the ideal length to bowl in the subcontinent and in overseas conditions.
”It’s been quite a roller-coaster life. I’ve had a lot of experience, a lot of mentors who taught me how to bowl in the subcontinent and how to bowl abroad. I’m a bit sore, after bowling 4-over bursts in domestic cricket, and then bowling 35 overs within a gap of just 3-4 days,” said Ishant Sharma.
‘I’m sure we can chase this down’- Ishant Sharma
Team India is up against it in Chennai after having lost the prized scalp of Rohit Sharma during their pursuit of 420 in the fourth innings.
Ishant, however, is confident that the home side can hunt down what would be a world-record 4th innings run-chase.
He also opened up about the nature of the pitch, stating that it felt like an absolute road on the first couple of days.
”If we get a good start tomorrow, I’m sure we can chase this down. We have a fearless batting line-up, and we’re very positive about this. First two days it felt like we were playing on the road, but on the fourth day it started turning a bit and we caught a bit of a break. Even on the first two days I thought we bowled well even though we weren’t getting much help.” he added.