Indian pacer Ishant Sharma's nine-over spell to former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting in 2008 at Perth had made him known in the cricket world. The way he kept troubling one of the finest Aussie batters was something rare. Even Ishant had admitted it was his once in a lifetime performance.
After a long battle, the then 20-year-old pacer got Ponting's wicket after making him edge a delivery to slip fielder Rahul Dravid.
Talking about that special spell, Ishant revealed something interesting which was hard to spot. The pacer was wearing shoes of different pairs on that day.
“Look at me at that time, I was a thin person. If you notice, I am not wearing the same pair of shoes. As youngsters, we are very raw and we just want to play for fun,” said Ishant.
Ponting had survived a couple of LBW calls before edging one to slip. Talking about that delivery, Ishant said the ball didn't move either way and held its line.
“In this ball, everyone thinks I bowled an outswinger, that I changed something, but actually the ball just went straight. Before this ball, I kept bowling inswingers, but for this delivery, I pitched it on the same length, but the ball went straight and took Ponting’s edge. Even I thought that I had bowled an outswinger. That time I didn’t even know how to bowl an outswinger. But actually the ball just held its line,” said Ishant.
(With BCCI.tv Inputs)