Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma is one of the most reliable tailenders in Test cricket. His partnership and holding one end in the 2010 Mohali Test against Australia in a winning effort is one of the memorable ones. Ishant Sharma’s highest Test score of 57 came against West Indies last August about which he revealed a comical anecdote.
With seven boundaries in his 80-ball 57, Ishant Sharma shared a partnership of 112 with Hanuma Vihari in Kingston. It was his first 50-plus score and revealed that he was flaunting his chest once back to the dressing room. To top it off, India won the match by 257 runs as Delhi fast bowler scored a half-century and picked up three wickets.
In a conversation with Mayank Agarwal, Agarwal asked the 31-year old the feeling of reaching the half-century and how his teammates reacted to it. Ishant Sharma specifically mentioned KL Rahul that time, who said if Ishant gets to three figures, the team would have to jump off the balcony. The 97-Test veteran further said Rahul gave him a pair of gloves after his own got wet and admitted he should have batted those to score fifty runs. KL Rahul could manage only 26 runs that Test. Mayank recalled KL Rahul saying Ishant would taunt him as he passed his combined score.
“Forget everyone’s reaction. Ask KL, how he felt about me scoring a fifty. He said ‘we were thinking if he scores a hundred, we would have to jump off from the balcony. “My batting gloves got wet for the 1st time. Rahul gave me a pair of new gloves with which I batted in that innings,” Ishant stated as quoted by Hindustan Times.
“He was like ‘I should have batted with these gloves and then I could also have scored a fifty. KL had given you some challenge, to pass his score. As soon as you passed his score, KL was like ‘aaj Ishi bhai bohot sunaega,” Ishant said.
Ishant Sharma saw Cheteshwar Pujara angry for the first time:
The 31-year old speedster went on to reveal that it was also during that match, he witnessed Cheteshwar Pujara getting angry. When asked the reason, the Saurashtra batsman told that he attempted to clear the boundary on the full off a spinner with a cut shot; however, it went into the fielder’s hands.
“I saw Pujara angry for the first time. He hammered a cut which went straight into the hands of the fielder at point. I saw you angry for the first time’. ‘What do I do yaar, I tried to hit a spinner for a big shot on the green wicket and it went for a catch.” he added.