There have been a lot of questions surrounding Ishant Sharma’s selection for the second Test over Ravichandran Ashwin but it’s fair to say that the veteran seamer seems to have silenced them for now with his on-field performance.
After having dismissed Jos Buttler with perfect full-length delivery, one that breached the gap between the batsman’s bat and pad to knock the top of off-stump, the veteran pacer claimed two-in-two in the third season to give India a breathing space.
It all happened during the fourth ball of the 111th over of England’s innings when Ishant Sharma, bowling from round the wicket, lulled Moeen Ali into nicking him to Virat Kohli at first slip.
The ball was dying on Virat but he ensured that he had his hands underneath the ball. The on-field soft signal was out and it was vindicated by the third umpire.
One brought two for Ishant Sharma and India as the lanky pacer induced another edge, this time off the bat of Sam Curran, and Rohit Sharma completed the easiest of the catches.
Post Ishant’s double strike, Mohammed Siraj bowled a sensational spell against Ollie Robinson where he constantly brought the ball back into the tall batsman to wrap him on his pads.
After a series of unsuccessful appeals, Siraj finally got his man trapped in front and although Robinson challenged the call, Umpire’s Call meant he had to go.
At the time of writing, England were still 6 runs behind India’s total with two wickets still in their bag.
Watch Ishant Sharma’s back-to-back dismissals here-
Ishant roars back into the game getting two in two as Moeen and Curran nick to slip 🏏
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