Indian pacer Ishant Sharma has made a comeback in the Test squad after serving a one-match ban for animated gesture in the final Test at SSC Oval. He was charged by ICC for breaching players’ code of conduct.
Ishant has become the pace bowling spearhead for India after the retirement of Zaheer Khan. Ishant has played an instrumental role in India’s first Test series victory in Sri Lanka after 22 years. He made some bizarre celebrations.
The lanky bowler has taken 17 wickets in three Tests Sri Lanka series. His five-wicket haul in the SSC Oval Test was the highlight of his newly found form. But, more than his form his animated gesture has drawn more attraction. He was unnecessarily getting involved in a verbal spat with Sri Lankan pacer Dhammika Prasad.
However, in an interview he said he is not worried about the storm he kicked. Ishant says he does not even think about the outburst which led to a one-match ban on him.
He did not play the first Test because of the suspension. Ishant said he prefers to look ahead instead of dwelling in the past.
“Many times in life we look back and think of a moment in the past, and wonder, ‘If I had done this or not done that, would things have been different’? There is no answer to that. When I got banned for the Mohali Test, I decided I would not look back and wonder about what would or could have happened. What happened in Sri Lanka is the thing of the past, and I prefer not to think about it,” Ishant told bcci.tv.
Ishant has taken his 200th wicket in the SSC, Colombo Test. His 200th victim was Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews, who scored 110 in the fourth innings of the match before Ishant trapped him lbw and facilitated India’s 117 runs victory. Ishant was the only 8th Indian bowler to take 200 Test wicket.
But, along with this achievement he has also become the slowest bowler to take 200 wickets. He has taken 65 matches to reach the mark, which is the most by a bowler. The only three players who have taken longer times than Ishant are Andrew Flintoff, Garry Sobers and Jacques Kallis. England all-rounder Flintoff has taken 69 matches while West Indies all-rounder Sobers and South Africa all-rounder Kallis have taken 80 and 102 matches respectively.
Not only Ishant took the longest time so far in the history of Test cricket to take 200 wickets but also his bowling average 36.51 is the worst among the bowlers who have taken the 200th wicket.
Only two bowlers are close to Ishant are New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori’s 34.74 and Chris Martin’s 34.69. Arguably the greatest allrounder ever Garry Sobers had taken the longest time – over 17 years to take the 200th wicket after making his debut in 1953-54. The next two batsmen are New Zealand allrounder Chris Cains, who had taken 13 and a half year while Indian spinner Bhagwath Chandrasekhar had taken almost 13 years.