India’s veteran fast bowler Ishant Sharma became the sixth Indian bowler to reach the 300 wickets milestone in Tests as he picked the scalp of Dan Lawrence of England on day 4 of the 1st Test between India and England in Chennai.
Sharma, who made his debut for India in 2007 at the age of 18, is playing his 98th Test and has been India’s leader of pace attack since Zaheer Khan’s retirement in 2015. He has also been a specialist Test player since 2016 and has wrecked up impressive numbers.
Ishant, in 97 previous Tests, had 297 wickets at an average of 32.39 and a strike rate of 61.10. His best bowling was 7/74 which came in an amazing win at Lord’s against England in 2014.
The lanky Delhi pacer had burst onto the international cricket scene with a terrific spell against Ricky Ponting in the Perth Test of the 2008 series down under. The then young pacer troubled the master batsman and eventually got him caught in slips much to the delight of everyone.
Since then, he has become the workhorse bowler for India, bowling the hard overs and keeping the runs down at one end, so that the spinners can do their job in India. Overseas, he played a huge role in India’s maiden Test series win in Australia in 2018-19, leading the pace attack with Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah.
Today, as he picked his 300th wicket in Tests, wishes poured in from all corners of the Indian cricketing community on Twitter.
Here are some of the best tweets: