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Ishant Sharma

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Ishant Sharma (born 2 September 1988) is an Indian cricketer who has represented India in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. He is a 6 ft 5 in tall right-arm fast-medium bowler.

Sharma comes from a Brahmin family. On 10 December 2016, he married Indian basketball player Pratima Singh.


Personal information
Full name Ishant Sharma
Born 2 September 1988 (age 33)
Delhi, India
Nickname Lambu
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm) [1]
Batting Right handed
Bowling Right-arm fast-medium
Role Bowler
International information
National side India (2007–present)
Test debut (cap 258) 25 May 2007 v Bangladesh
Last Test 25 November 2021 v New Zealand
ODI debut (cap 169) 29 June 2007 v South Africa
Last ODI 17 January 2016 v Australia
ODI shirt no. 1
T20I debut (cap 21) 1 February 2008 v Australia
Last T20I 10 October 2013 v Australia
T20I shirt no. 1
Domestic team information
Years Team
2006/07–present Delhi
2008–2010 Kolkata Knight Riders
2011–2012 Deccan Chargers
2013–2015 Sunrisers Hyderabad
2016 Rising Pune Supergiants
2017 Kings XI Punjab
2018 Sussex
2019–present Delhi Capitals

Domestic and First-class career

Ishant plays for Delhi in domestic cricket and has taken 68 wickets in 14 first-class games, including a five-wicket haul against Baroda on the opening day of a match Delhi drew after failing to bowl Baroda out on the fourth day.

Ishant toured England with the India Under-19s in 2006 and Pakistan in 2006–07. He played three youth tests and six youth One Day Internationals for India. On the basis of his strong performance in Australia in 2008, Ishant Sharma was bought for a winning bid of $950,000 by Kolkata Knight Riders in the player auction for the Indian Premier League. This was the highest amount paid for any bowler in the tournament.

On 15 February 2018, it was officially announced that Ishant will join Sussex CCC for the first two months of the 2018 county season, available from 4 April to 4 June 2018, thus making him the 9th Indian to play for Sussex.


International Career

On May 2007, Sharma was selected in the test team for the Bangladesh tour and played as a replacement for the fast bowler Munaf Patel. Over there he played for his national side in the second test where he bowled three overs including one maiden and conceded only five runs without taking a wicket. Later on, he was called for the tour of England in July–August 2007.

Sharma got a call back in the team in the 3rd Test during Pakistan’s tour of India in December 2007 due to injury of India’s frontline pacers Zaheer Khan, RP Singh, and Sreesanth. Sharma picked up 5 wickets during the third test in Bangalore. This performance earned him a place in India’s squad for the tour of Australia.

During the 2008 Test series against Australia in India, Ishant was the leading wicket-taker, with 16, and was named man-of-the-series as India won 2–0.

In March 2012, Sharma underwent surgery on his ankle which had been troubling him for over a year. The operation meant that he missed the 2012 IPL.

In August 2018, during the fourth Test against England, Sharma took his 250th Test wicket. In the fifth test, he took 3 wickets in England’s first innings and thereby equaled Kapil Dev’s record of taking the most wickets by an Indian bowler in England.

In February 2021, Ishant completed his 100th Test match against England in the third Test match (2nd day/night Test in India) of England Tour of India, at the Motera Stadium Ishant Sharma became only the 4th Indian bowler to play 100 test matches, the legendary Kapil Dev being the only other fast bowler to achieve the feat.


Bowling style

A right arm fast-medium bowler, the speed of Sharma’s bowling has diminished since he emerged on the international scene, although in 2008 he bowled a delivery at over 152 kilometres per hour (94 mph). Such occurrences were not the norm as his pace dropped to around 130 km/h (81 mph), but under Eric Simons (who was India’s bowling coach from 2010 to 2012) Sharma was regularly bowling in excess of 140 km/h (87 mph) when India toured Australia in 2011/12. According to India’s former bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad he is amongst the most dedicated bowler in India’s set up.


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