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It would not be entirely wrong to say that Ishant Sharma is widely seen as a Test specialist. While he has been a regular part of the Test team since making his debut in 2007, his fortunes in limited-overs cricket have not been that good. Despite being one of the most experienced pacers in the country, he has had a stop-start career in ODIs and T20Is. Ishant has not played in ODI since January 2016.
The reasons for him getting the Test specialist tag is pretty obvious. Not only has he failed to cement his spot in the ODI and T20I teams, his numbers are equally unimpressive. 115 wickets in 80 ODIs leaves a lot to be desired. An economy-rate of nearly 9 in T20Is and average of over 32 in both the formats have only tarnished his image. Perhaps this was the reason why he went unsold in the auction for the last season of IPL.
.@ImIshant reveals how special it is to return to his home ground after 12 long years ❤
— Delhi Capitals (Tweeting from Home🏠) (@DelhiCapitals) March 15, 2019
Ishant has been a journeyman in the IPL, having plied his trade for Kolkata Knight Riders, Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab. So far, he has played 76 games, picking up just 59 wickets. The lanky pacer is now gearing up for an IPL stint with another team – Delhi Capitals. And the senior pacer is now hopeful of resurrecting his white-ball career.
“I’m pretty excited to do well for this season. I think it’s a great opportunity for me to do well in white-ball cricket, [to replicate] what I’ve been doing with the red ball. I think it’s a great opportunity for me to come back,” Ishant Sharma told the media.
He further said that doing well in red-ball cricket helps in white-ball cricket.
“If you do well with the red ball, you will take wickets with the white ball as well. With the red ball, you bowl long spells. So you’re always in rhythm. But [with the] white ball you’re not in rhythm because you might bowl one over, one spell, and then you don’t know when you’ll get your next over. So if you’re in rhythm and bowling with the red ball [it helps with the white ball],” he said.
Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals will be themselves hoping their fortunes change in the upcoming edition.The national capital-based outfit is one of the perennial underachievers in the league. More often than not, they have ended up with the wooden spoon.
In eleven seasons, they progressed ahead of the league stage just thrice and are yet to reach the final. Their last play-off appearance came way back in 2012. Since then, they have not managed to finish above sixth. Hopes were high when they assembled a strong squad last year. But they disappointed once again and failed to progress to the next stage.