Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma completed 300 wickets in Test cricket, 14 years after his debut. Ishant reached the milestone by trapping England’s Dan Lawrence LBW on day four of ongoing India vs England first Test match in Chennai.
Ishant, who hails from Delhi, had made his India Test debut against Bangladesh in 2007 and since then has become a permanent member of the red-ball squad. He played second fiddle to Zaheer Khan until the left-armer’s retirement in 2015 and took over as the leader of the pace attack with Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Umesh Yadav as his fellow pacers.
This is Ishant Sharma’s 98th Test match and before this encounter, he had 297 Test wickets in 97 matches. He has an average of 32.39 and a strike rate of 61.10, with his best figures being 7/74 against England in a terrific win at Lord’s in the 2014 series. He has grown from strength to strength recently, altering his bowling length and line and reaped huge rewards as well.
Rise and rise of Ishant Sharma- the current leader of India’s pace attack
One of the most memorable spells of Ishant Sharma remains his fiery attack on Australia’s Ricky Ponting at the fastest pitch in the world in WACA, Perth during the 2008 Test series. Ishant peppered Ricky Ponting with short-pitched deliveries and moved the ball in and away from him. The then Australia captain kept playing and missing and eventually was out caught in slips off Ishant.
Ishant Sharma has been a Test specialist for some time now, with his last white-ball international match coming in 2016. He has become the workhorse bowler for India, bowling the hard overs and keeping the runs down at one end, so that the spinners can do their job in India.
Overseas, however, Ishant Sharma has played a huge role, especially in India’s maiden Test series win in Australia in 2018-19, leading the pace attack with Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, and Jasprit Bumrah.
He recently missed India’s Test series win Australia due to an injury he sustained during the IPL 2020 but came back with vigor in the first Test against England.
Meanwhile, in the ongoing Test, India made 337 in reply to England’s first innings total of 578. Rishabh Pant made 91 and Washington Sundar made 85, as Dom Bess picked 4/76. Meanwhile, England lost 4 quick wickets in the second innings, of which one fell to Ishant Sharma, while Ashwin picked the other three.
Here is how Twitter praised Ishant Sharma on reaching his milestone:
What an achievement @ImIshant Congratulations on becoming the third Indian pacer to reach the 300-wicket milestone in Tests. Always admired your work ethic and commitment towards the game especially this format. And you thoroughly deserve this rich reward. #INDvsENG pic.twitter.com/kWwCN0zN47
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 8, 2021
Sabash Lambu @ImIshant wish you many more wickets #300
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 8, 2021
— Alex Tudor (@alextudorcoach) February 8, 2021
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) February 8, 2021
Ishant Sharma becomes the third Indian pacer to take 300 Test wickets. Top effort. Joins the elite list of Kapil Dev (434) and Zaheer Khan (311).
DYK: Ishant was the Player of the Series in the 2008-09 Border Gavaskar Trophy. Picked 15 wickets in 4 Tests on flat pitches.
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) February 8, 2021
300th Test wicket for Ishant Sharma – the workhorse of Indian team, career changed from 2013 and there hasn't been any looking back – one of the finest from India and third Indian pacer to complete 300 wickets in Test cricket. pic.twitter.com/PiBUVIZI8N
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 8, 2021
98 Tests seem a lot for 300 wickets, but one must look at Ishant Sharma's career in one-thirds, with each section better than the previous one
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) February 8, 2021
Indian fast bowlers to take 300+ Test Wickets:
434 Kapil Dev
311 Zaheer Khan
300 Ishant Sharma
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) February 8, 2021
He never gives up, he never complains, he never lacks in intensity. Ishant Sharma is India's most unassuming, unsung champion. Please stand up and applaud his 300 Test wickets. Nation needs to acknowledge and salute this soldier
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) February 8, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) February 8, 2021
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) February 8, 2021
1️⃣st Wicket – Mashrafe Mortaza, May 2007 Dhaka ⚡
3️⃣0️⃣0️⃣th Wicket – Dan Lawrence, Feb 2021 Chennai ?
Only the third Indian Pacer to reach the milestone after Kapil Dev and Zahir Khan
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) February 8, 2021
— Naman Ojha (@namanojha35) February 8, 2021
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) February 8, 2021
Leave it to Sharma ji ka beta to set the bar high for everyone else ?
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) February 8, 2021
Wicket number 300 for @ImIshant reinvented himself as a bowler and kept on improving. That’s a huge huge achievement. Just brilliant in Aus in 2008 and then lost a little before coming back as a champion bowler again. Congrats.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) February 8, 2021
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) February 8, 2021
Ishant Sharma becomes the third India pacer after Kapil Dev and Zaheer Khan to reach the 300-wicket mark in Tests ?
— ICC (@ICC) February 8, 2021
300 to Ishant. What a wonderful second wind to his career. Much to admire.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 8, 2021
300 test wickets for ishant sharma. for years, indian cricket persevered with him, but to his complete credit, he too persevered. kudos to him! #INDvsENG
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) February 8, 2021