Ishant Sharma will play his 100th Test when India faces England in the third Test at Motera Stadium on Wednesday. And his teammates praised the fast bowler for taking the leap and remembered the memories they shared with the first pacer.
While Indian skipper Virat Kohli recalled early memories of Ishant and their friendship, opening batsman Rohit Sharma called the point guard as the one the team rely on during tough times.
“I remember a tall, lanky guy who came to nets and tries. He threw the ball in the right areas and caused a lot of trouble for the batsmen and the selectors were immediately impressed,” Kohli said in the video published on the official BCCI website.
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“He then started playing for the State team from this season and we’ve been room partners since then. And we’ve been close friends since we started playing together. So Ishant playing 100 tests is also a happy time for me. I wish all the best, “he added.
“Big congratulations on making it to the 100 Test Match. It’s never easy for any cricketer. He also had tough times on the pitch, but he never gave up. The Hall Mark of his entire career has put into one shell. what Ishant Sharma is talking about. He’s reached a stage where we are relying on him, “Rohit said.
Cheteshwar Pujara recalled a time when Ishant was frustrated after India’s first tryout batsman was not excluded from stimulator bowling in a match.
“Whenever Ishant is around, the atmosphere in the locker room is always lively. He likes to talk to people around him. I have played against him a few times and he has taken me out once or twice. There were times when I wasn’t abandoned and he was frustrated, ”Pujara said.
Ishant made his Test debut under Rahul Dravid and he cast memorable spells like the one against England at Lord’s in 2014 as he finished in numbers 7-74. On his first tour of Australia in 2007-08, Ishant cast a famous spell on Ricky Ponting.
Ravichandran Ashwin, a seasoned player, said Ishant deserves to play 100 tests while remembering the times the stimulator troubled the former Australian skipper.
“My first memory of Ishant was Ricky Ponting being fired. The way he raced with the big inswingers. All those fast staring bowlers must realize that Ishant is one of the most diligent cricketers and has made himself eligible to come to this point in the T20I era. If there is one person who deserves this achievement, it is Ishant Sharma, “said Ashwin.
Pacer Umesh Yadav said Ishant has always been a senior bowler for him. “As a fast bowler he has always been a senior bowler for me. The way he has worked on his fitness is a huge achievement as a fast bowler. I congratulate him on his 100th Test,” said Umesh.
Despite this being his 100th test, Ishant is still focused on helping the team to victory when India and England lock the horns in the pink ball game on Wednesday.
“If your career lasts 14 years and you’re still playing you can’t name a single highlight. It’s hard to identify just one strong point, every athlete has the graph going up and down,” Ishant said during ‘a virtual press conference on Monday. .
“I can’t say about that one thing that got my chart down. Obviously it’s great playing 100 tests, I’m learning a lot from Zaheer Khan, I’ve learned from his work ethic. I told everyone who plays on the team that if you keep working on your fitness the rewards will come, ”he added.