The Proteas celebrated deep into the night of 25th November, when a certain long haired, long legged Sharma was retained in the Indian Test squad.
Ishant Sharma is a well-known figure in most cricket circles. He is considered by many as a national hero, more so by the people down under.
Sharma has managed to repair a lot of the damage that his reputation sustained when he made Ricky Ponting his bunny. We look at this incredible journey from the most hated Indian fast bowler to ever tour Australia to a beloved national treasure.
2012 saw a lot of talk as to how to make the longer versions of cricket more interesting.
Sharma is God’s reply to that. He has ensured that no Indian will ever yawn when he has got the ball.
In his current state, Ishant is equivalent to a ball machine, strategically placed at a height of 193 meters. This machine is incapable of pitching the ball beyond the half way line.
Ishant has had the support of a number of parties, on his way to the epitome of Aussie recognition.
James Faulkner did his bit to aid Sharma’s flight of limelight. Despite all his laurels, Ishant’s selection for the trip to South Africa has raised a few eye brows.
For Sharma Christmas certainly came early.
So what exactly is the criterion for a call up? Apparently conceding 30 runs in an over, not playing an international game after that and picking up a few scalps against a substandard Haryana Ranji team is enough.
Zaheer Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav are also in the squad. It is probably fair to assume that Ishant will be a fifth string candidate. Any realistic game time will be a major surprise. A lot of the Aussie fans will probably not have to miss work to see Ishant toil in South Africa.
Ishant might get a chance to play the ODIs and that will be welcome news for the proteas. Ishant’s performances will be under the scanner and any slip ups might earn him future calls.
Ishant will be hoping to continue his amazing scoring form and the strike rate at which he does it. Another couple of wickets in the recent Ranji game might have earned Sharma a chance to lead the attack.
Here’s wishing Ishant a pleasant flight and a nice calm vacation. He can try the Safari and may be take a trip down to the Cape of Good Hope.
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