Full name: Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma’s nickname: Lambu
Role: Right arm medium fast bowler
Ishant Sharma’s Height (approx.): 6’4″
Ishant Sharma’s Weight (approx.): 84 Kg
Ishant Sharma’s Eye Colour: Brown
Ishant Sharma’s Hair Colour: Black
Ishant Sharma’s Date of Birth: 02 September 1988
Ishant Sharma’s Age (as on 2018): 29 years
Ishant Sharma’s Birth Place: Delhi
Ishant Sharma’s Zodiac sign/Sun sign: Virgo
School: Ganga International School, Delhi
Educational Qualifications: 10th Standard
Ishant Sharma’s Father name: Vijay Sharma
Ishant Sharma’s Mother name: Grisha Sharma
Ishant Sharma’s Sister name: Eva (Elder)
Ishant Sharma’s Brother name: NA
Ishant Sharma’s Coach/Mentor: Shravan Kumar
The arrival of Ishant Sharma on the international stage saw the nation going awestruck as they could see a bowler bowling at 140 clicks a consistent basis with a paramount accuracy.
6ft 4 inches tall, Ishant Sharma looked pleasant to the eye and caught everyone’s attention in only his first test series. He was soon remarked as the future of Indian cricket.
Who would forget his dream spell to Ricky Ponting on the Australia tour in 2008? A young tall fast bowler devastating Australia’s skipper every time he comes on to bat, it certainly wasn’t a pleasant scene to witness for the Australians.
A lean and tall build, Ishant was nicknamed as Lambu, primarily because of his height. He started playing cricket since his childhood days but decided to make it as his profession when he was 14. Excellent spells at age-group cricket meant he was fast tracked to under-16 and then under-19.
Ishant Sharma is a school dropout. He dropped out of school after 10th standard and completely immersed himself in cricket after that. In the under-19 team, Ishant made his appearance felt in the series against England and then Pakistan. Also, he has played three youth test and six one-day internationals.
ISHANT SHARMA RANJI TROPHY DEBUT:
Indian fast bowler, Ishant Sharma made his Ranji Trophy debut for Delhi when he was 18 years old.
In his first-class career, Ishant has played 138 matches and picked 451 wickets at an average of 28.70.
ISHANT SHARMA INTERNATIONAL DEBUT:
Impressive performances in Under-19 cricket saw him getting selected for the 2007 Bangladesh tour. He made his debut in test cricket in the same series.
In December 2007, Ishant Sharma picked his first five-wicket haul against Pakistan. On a flat Chinnaswamy pitch, Ishant Sharma claimed 5/140.
The Delhi bowler was then included on Australia tour which followed thereafter. By the end of the series, Sharma became a star, receiving praise from all quarters.
Ishant didn’t play in the first test of the series but was then replaced Zaheer Khan in the second test and went on to play all the games thereafter. Sharma exhibited a great show in Australia, ending the tour with figures of 6 for 358 at an average of 59.66. He particularly impressed in the third test of the series at Perth where he took full use of pace and bounce. Ricky Ponting was found clueless against Ishant Sharma and eventually gave his wicket.
In the 4th ODI of the CB series 2008, Ishant Sharma produced an outstanding spell of 4/38 and thereby became the man of the match in that game.
Ricky Ponting faced a lot of trouble facing Ishant Sharma in both tests as well as ODIs. Ishant took Ponting’s wicket three times in ODIs and six times in Test matches as people named Ponting as Ishant’s bunny.
However, post 2009, there was a slump in Ishant Sharma’s form. He exhibited a poor show in the second edition of IPL followed by a below-par T20 world cup.
ISHANT SHARMA INJURY IN 2012
Ishant suffered an ankle injury in 2012 which led him to remain out of action for many months. His form continued to dip as he lost his position in the ODI side. After a while, Ishant Sharma was only seen as a Test match specialist.
He went for plenty in the IPL which followed and also conceded a lot of runs in the limited overs series. However, Ishant kept performing well in Test matches.
On the tour to England in 2014, Ishant came out with good number and bowled exceptionally well in the second ODI. His 7/74 helped India won a rare test at Lord’s cricket ground.
In the tour to South Africa in 2018, followed by England tour and then in Australia, Indian pacers including Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shammi has been lauded for turning India’s fortunes in test cricket. In last couple of years Indian fast bowers have been bowling superbly, not only in home conditions but also overseas.
INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE:
Ishant Sharma’s impactful arrival in Test cricket help him got a whopping contract of $9,50,000. He blew hot and cold that season and could pick only 8 wickets in thirteen matches that season.
Being a Test speciality, Ishant Sharma never set the stadium alight with his pace and bouncy in the cash-rich league. He has displayed mediocre performances in the cash-rich league.
Turning up for SRH, Ishant Sharma, however, did make heads turns in the 2013 edition. He picked 15 wickets in 16 matches at an average of 31.06 and best figures of 3/27, though he was still on a little expensive side.
Ishant Sharma went unsold in the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League but made a roaring comeback in the 2019 edition. Playing for Delhi Capitals, Ishant Sharma bowled superbly in the powerplay overs. He picked 13 wickets in as many as matches with the best figures of 3/38. Ishant Sharma had also been the most economical in the last season. He would look to give a similar performance for Delhi Capitals ahead of the 2020 edition of IPL.
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