Ishant Sharma

India
Age
September 2, 1988 (33 years)
Role
Bowler
Birth Place
Delhi
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
India
Bowling Style
Right-arm fast medium

Ishant Sharma is a 32-year-old right-arm fast-medium bowler who has represented India in international cricket.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
-
-
-
Bowling
16
-
-

Team played

India, India A, India Blue, India Red, North Zone, Rest of India, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Capitals, Deccan Chargers, India Under-19, Sussex, Delhi, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rising Pune Supergiant, Indians

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
80
28
13
72
13
4.8
203
35.47
0
0
6
0
T20I
18
3
2
8
5*
8
9
88.89
0
0
1
0
Test
98
135
46
675
31*
7.58
2352
28.7
0
0
76
1
IPL
92
25
19
55
10*
9.17
61
90.16
0
0
4
2

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
80
78
3733
3563
115
4/34
5.73
30.98
32.46
6
0
0
T20I
18
14
278
400
8
2/34
8.63
50
34.75
0
0
0
Test
98
175
18118
9591
291
7/74
3.18
32.96
62.26
12
10
1
IPL
92
92
1973
2664
72
5/12
8.1
37
27.4
0
1
0

Biography

Sharma, whose exceptional height of 193 metres made him an ideal fast bowling prospect, burst into prominence after good performances with the India U-19 team which earned him a call-up for India’s tour of South Africa. However, circumstances prevented him from proceeding on the tour. However, after he had got initiated into the senior India squad later that year he grabbed the opportunity and has served the national side with great dedication ever since. Though his bowling speed has reduced drastically since his early years in international cricket, Sharma used to bowl consistently in excess of 140 kph. Apart from being a new ball bowler, Sharma also boasts good batting skills and proved them in a Test match against Australia held in 2010 in Mohali when he was involved in an 81-run partnership with VVS Laxman to help India to an unlikely victory.

Test Career

Ishant Sharma has taken 297 wickets in 97 Test matches at 32.39. He played his first match against Bangladesh in Dhaka in May 2007. His last appearance in a Test came against New Zealand in Wellington on 21 February 2020. He took his first fifer in a drawn game against Pakistan in December 2007 in Bengaluru. Although he never led the attack the way a bowler such as Kapil Dev or Javagal Srinath or Zaheer Khan did, Sharma managed to stay in the selectors’ sight thanks to his ability to take wickets regularly.

Impressive in Perth

Sharma took 1/49 in his first Test match in Bangladesh, Dhaka, in May 2007 after he was selected to replace injured Munaf Patel. Ishant played one match against Pakistan at Bengaluru when they toured India late in 2007 after injuries to Zaheer Khan, Sreesanth and RP Singh. He took his first five-wicket haul (5/118) in a drawn game. The Indian selectors saw fit to include Sharma in the squad to Australia where he got his opportunity during the second game in Sydney in January 2008. Though he went wicketless in the game, he was retained for the next Test held in Perth. Ishant’s bowling on the fast and bouncy track in Perth propelled India to a win. His three wickets in the match included that of skipper Ponting. Sharma was retained for the fourth game in Adelaide, taking 3/115 in Australia’s first innings. Though he got only 6 wickets in the series, he was sufficiently impressive in patches to get selected on India’s tours of South Africa and Sri Lanka that year.

Man of the Series

One of his best performances in a series came during Australia’s tour of India in 2008 when he took 15 wickets, including returns of 4/77 and 3/40 in Bengaluru. His performance in the series led to him winning the Man of the Series award, which made him the first Indian new ball operator since Kapil Dev to be given the honour for a performance on Indian wickets. On England’s tour of India followed by India’s tour of New Zealand, he had a mediocre showing and on Sri Lanka tour of India in 2009, he played only one Test in Ahmedabad before being replaced by Sreesanth. Ishant’s most successful series came during the India tour of the West Indies in June 2011 when he took 22 wickets at 16.86. His performance included match hauls of 6/110 in Kingston, 10/108 in Bridgetown and 6/153 in Roseau. He also got 11 wickets away in England in a series that India lost 4-0. After a few series in which he had average returns, Ishant took 15 wickets on India’s tour of New Zealand including 6/134 and 3/28 in Auckland.

Career-Best Haul

He registered his career-best innings haul of 7/74 at Lord’s in 2014 in a series that India lost 3-1. In that game, India batted first and posted 295 on the board. England replied with 319, taking a first-innings lead of 24. India were bowled out for 342 in the second innings, setting the hosts a target of 319. Thanks to Ishant’s brilliant showing in which he ripped through the England middle order, with the wickets of Cook, Bell, Root, Ali, Prior, Stokes and Broad, England were bowled out for 223. Sharma was named Man of the Match after India won by 95 runs. In 2015, Ishant had a haul of 13 wickets away in Sri Lanka, helping India to win the series 2-1. In August 2018, he had another prolific series in England when he grabbed 18 wickets. That was followed by an 11-wicket haul on India’s tour of Australia in December 2018. On India’s tour of the West Indies in August 2019, Ishant took 5/43 in North Sound to help bowl out the hosts for 222 in reply to India’s 297. India won the match by 318 runs after the West Indies collapsed to be all out for 100 in the fourth innings.

On India’s tour of New Zealand in February 2020, a jet-lagged Ishant Sharma provided the only solace for India in the first Test in Wellington after India had been bowled out for 165. His 5/68 helped reduce the Kiwis to 7/225 before a late revival boosted the hosts to a score of 348 in a match that they eventually won by 10 wickets. Ishant Sharma’s willingness to go the extra mile within 48 hours of landing in New Zealand exemplifies the commitment he has shown in his career to which he owes his long tenure in Test cricket.

ODI Career

Ishant has taken 115 wickets in 80 ODIs at an average of 30.98. He went wicketless in his first game against South Africa in Belfast in June 2007. He underscored his utility to the team when he registered figures of 4/38 against Australia in Melbourne in February 2008, helping to bowl out the hosts for 159 and enabling India to cruise to a 5-wicket win. Ishant was named Man of the Match for his brilliant effort. His victims in the game were Matthew Hayden, Ricky Pointing, Andrew Symonds. His best returns of 4/34 came in a match against Sri Lanka in Cuttack in November 2014. In that game, India batted first and piled up 363/5. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 194 and Sharma snared the key wicket of Sangakkara, in addition to those of tail-enders Priyanjan, Randiv and Prasad. He last appeared in an OD played against Australia in Sydney in January 2016, taking 2/60 in a lost match.

IPL Career

In 89 IPL matches played since the inaugural 2008 season, Ishant Sharma has taken 72 wickets at 35.83 with an economy rate of 8.09 and a strike rate of 26.56. Ishant went into a slump in form in four seasons from 2014 to 2017 when he managed to take only 7 wickets in 17 matches. However, after a missed season in 2018, he was back to his wicket-taking ways in 2019. Sharma currently plays for Delhi Capitals whom he represented in the 2019 season when he took 13 wickets in as many matches at an average of 26.84. He had best bowling figures of 3/38 in a match against Rajasthan Royals on 4 May 2019. Batting first, Royals were restricted to 115/9, thanks to Sharma’s haul, before DC chased down the target with 5 wickets and 23 balls to spare. Sharma took the scalps of openers Rahane and Livingstone, in addition to that of MK Lomror.

Kolkata Knight Riders bid $950,000 to get Sharma in the IPL 2008 auction, setting a record for the highest price commanded by a bowler. Ishant took 8 wickets in 11 games in the inaugural 2008 season. Playing for Kolkata Knight Riders, he registered returns of 1/9 in a match against Deccan Chargers on 20 April 2008. Batting first, DC were bowled out for 110, paving the way for a 5-wicket win for KKR.

In 2009, Sharma did better, grabbing 11 wickets in 11 games. He had some memorable performances, including 2/27 against KXIP on 3 May and 2/23 against Delhi Daredevils a week later, both in lost games.

After experiencing a slump in 2010, when he took only 7 wickets in 7 games, in 2011, Sharma regained form, taking 11 wickets in 12 games. Playing for Deccan Chargers, Sharma registered his best performance in the IPL, taking 5/12 against Kochi Tuskers on 27 April. Tuskers were bowled out for 74 after DC had batted first and set them a target of 130. His performance won him a Man of the Match award.

Sharma missed out on the IPL 2012 season but was back with a bang in 2013 when he took 15 wickets in 16 games in what was arguably his best season in the competition. Playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad, Sharma took 2/15 against Mumbai Indians on 1 May to restrict them to 129/4, paving the way for SH to ease to a 7-wicket win with 2 overs to spare.

Family of Ishant Sharma

Born to Delhi residents Vijay Sharma and Girisha Sharma on 2 September 1988, Ishant Sharma also has an elder sister. He got married in December 2016 to Pratima Singh who has played basketball for India.

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