Full name Ishant
Born September 2,
Current age 19 years
Major teams India,
Delhi, India Red, North Zone
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand
Bowling style Right-arm
Ishant Sharma (born September
2, 1988, in Delhi, India), is an Indian cricketer, more specifically a
fast-medium pace bowler at pace around 140 km/h (87 mph). He has a high
delivery action and is able to swing the ball in both directions. Sharma
was called up to join the Indian national cricket team for the 2006–07
Test series in South Africa at the age of 18, though he did not play for
his country in the series. However, after receiving the call-up and organising
travel arrangements, it was decided to not send for Sharma after all. In
May 2007, he was called as a replacement for fast bowler Munaf Patel, for
his national side for the second test against Bangladesh, where he has
bowled 3 overs so far, bowling one maiden and only conceding five runs,
without taking a wicket.
|With a physique and attitude
that is reminiscent of a young Javagal Srinath, Ishant Sharma shot into
prominence during the 2007-08 Test series in Australia. Standing at 6'4",
his rhythmic, high-arm action allowed him to bowl at around 135-140 kph.
For one who started serious cricket at 14, his rise was rapid and he made
his Ranji Trophy debut at 18. An injury to Munaf Patel provided him an
opening during India's tour of Bangladesh in May 2007 but it was in Australia
where he caught the attention, prompting Steve Waugh to call him the next
best thing in Indian cricket. He showed he could move the ball both ways
and his probing spell in the second innings in Perth, where he set-up Ricky
Ponting, was the stuff of folklore. Siddhartha Vaidyanathan January 2008
In January 2008 Sharma was
called up to the Indian side once again to replace an injured Zaheer Khan
in the second test of India's series against Australia at the SCG. Sharma
started the first day of the match strongly and was involved in a controversial
decision from Steve Bucknor when Andrew Symonds clearly nicked the ball
to keeper MS Dhoni off Sharma's bowling but was given not out. On the fourth
day of the third test in Perth he bowled an exceptional spell to Australia's
captain Ricky Ponting that resulted in his wicket and helped India claim
victory. The following test played in adelaide on australia day he picked
up two wickets. he also appeared in the twenty-twenty match vs australia
scoring 3 runs but not getting a wicket.
Sharma plays for Delhi
in domestic cricket and has taken 19 wickets in four 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. He has earned
the nickname 'Lambu', which refers to his lean but tall build, measuring
6'4" (192 cm).
Sharma toured England
with the India Under-19s in 2006 and Pakistan in 2006–07. He has played
three youth Tests and six youth One-day Internationals for India, and is
yet to lose a match for them.
In May 2007 ,he was selected
in the Test Cricket team for the Bangladesh tour, and then the tour of
England in July- August.
During Pakistan's tour
of India in December 2007, Sharma picked up 5 wickets during the third
test in Bangalore.