Ishant Sharma, India
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India pace spearhead Ishant Sharma once again proved his credentials as the leader of the attack with a scintillating bowling display in the just-concluded second Test against Bangladesh. The lanky pacer starred with the ball as India thrashed the beleaguered visitors by an innings and 46 runs inside three day at the Eden Gardens.

In a game where the likes of Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami as well as other pacers looked nothing less than deadly, Ishant Sharma stood class apart. He broke Bangladesh’s back in the first innings by picking up five wickets as the tourists were folded up for a paltry 106. In the process, he became the first Indian to take a five-wicket haul in a day-night Test.

He was equally deadly in the second innings too. The most experienced pacer of the team picked up four wickets in the second innings as India restricted Bangladesh to 195 to win the game without breaking any sweat. He gave India a solid start by dismissing opener Shadman Islam in the very first over of the innings.

In his second over, he accounted for Bangladesh captain Mominum Haque before dismissing Imrul Kayes and Mehidy Hasan too. He was deservedly given the Man of the Match award after picking up an impressive nine wickets in the game. Speaking after the game, Ishant said that he has been focusing on keeping things simple.

“I’m just hitting the right areas and sticking to my plans. We developed that in the last game and we had chats with bowling coach and batting coach. I bowled that ball deliberately and I did the same this game. When we started it didn’t swing and last night it swung and we adjusted to the conditions very well,” said Ishant at the presentation ceremony.

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