Ishant Sharma’s fastest delivery so far has crossed the speed of 152.2 kmph.
A 6 feet 4-inch-tall cricketer known as “Lambu”, meaning Tall, Ishant Sharma is among the fastest bowlers India ever had. Active in international and domestic cricket, his fastest delivery so far is 152.2 Km/h, which he shot towards Ricky Ponting at the 2011 Boxing Day Test. The fast bowler played 81 Test matches and 80 ODIs wreaking up a total wicket tally of 250 in the unlimited format and 72 in ODI. A regular player in the primary XI, Sharma is also an active first-class cricketer playing for team Delhi in domestic levels. He has a couple of world records as a bowler as one of the youngest players to grab 100 Test wickets back in 2011. He was absent in IPL 2018, but he hauled many deliveries with the speed of more than 150 km per hour. Now, Sharma is the most senior fast bowler in Team India.
In the recent Test Series against England, Ishant Sharma equaled Kapil Dev’s record of being the highest Test wicket taker of India in England. Dev played 13 Tests in England to nick 43 wickets. For Ishant, reaching the tally took 12 matches in the country. The fast bowler emerged as the highest wicket taker of India knocking down 18 in the recently concluded Test series. In overall, he is the second highest remaining next to James Anderson, who took 24 wickets. In the series, his best bowling figure was five wickets for 51 runs. It was the third best bowling figure of the tournament. On October 2, his birthday; while he was busy bowling against England, Sachin Tendukar took up a hilarious pun on him as it was also World Coconut Day. The legendary batsman tweeted that Ishant became tall trying to pick coconuts.
Ishant Sharma says he owes all his cricket to Shravan Sharma, his early coach.
Ishant Sharma was born in October 1988 in a middle-class family of Delhi. He was born at exactly 12 PM, on a Friday. His father is Vijay Sharma and Grisha Sharma is his mother. He also has a sister named Eva. He did not complete his studies to play cricket as he got the call from BCCI. Vijay Sharma recalls that Ishant used to play from 9 AM in the morning to 7 PM in the evening. This was where his father realized that the lad would play for the national team someday. Ishant Sharma married Pratima Singh, the basketball player, on 10 December 2016.
His early coach was Sharvan Kumar, who trained him since he was 16. He was brought to him by Manvinder Singh, a cricketer from Railways. But it was not to teach cricket, Ishant only wanted a school where he could pursue both studies as well as cricket. In an interview, grateful Ishant Sharma acknowledged that Manvinder gave him the ‘first break.’ Sharvan Kumar recalls Sharma as having a “stunning” confidence. It took only 6 months for him to enter Delhi under-17 team. In the first match he played against Haryana, the bowler nicked 14 wickets. Ishant, the down to earth person says, he owes all his cricket to “Sharvan Sir.” Sharvan Kumar, once lashed out at Venkatesh Prasad, who was the bowling coach of India. Kumar complained that Ishant lost his natural affinity for speed at one point of time as Prasad insisted him to turn length and line.
In the recent Test series against England, Ishant took his 250th wicket in the format.
Starting to play domestic cricket as a Delhi player, he took 68 wickets so far in 14 matches. His maiden international tour was as an under-19 player in 2006 to England. He also became the highest paid bowler in IPL tournament. In 2008, Kolkata Knight Riders got him onboard for $950,000. His international Test debut was in May 2007 against Bangladesh. In 2007-08 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, he played as a crucial player although he was left out at the beginning. In February of the year, he earned a Man of the Match award for 4 wickets in the fourth ODI. He also had some lows in his career, keeping him away from the team. But his comebacks were stronger every time. Ishant Sharma played as the winner in many matches for India. In the recent Test against England, the player nicked his 250th wicket.
Sharma’s pace has dropped to around 130 kmph, but his performance has become better. There are several remarks from his coaches on his action and bowling technique. Per former bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad, he is among the most delicate bowlers of India.
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