Since bursting onto the international scene in 2008 as he dominated Ricky Ponting at Perth in 2008, Ishant Sharma has shown glimpses of immense potential. Despite the clear talent, his production just hasn’t been up to par. With 164 wickets in 55 matches at an average of 37.57, Sharma’s stats just haven’t lived up to the hype.
All that finally changed earlier this week against England at Lord’s.
Ishant Sharma had quite the performance at Lord’s against England on Monday as he took a mind-boggling seven wickets to help India end a run of 15 tests without an away victory. India earned a 95-run win over England.
Sharma gave up just nine runs in 21 balls, claiming four wickets after lunch as his bouncer sent home a succession of England batsmen. Just 25 years old, Sharma put on a show as he finished with a test-best 7-74 to win the man-of-the-match award.
As pointed out by The Economic Times, not since Kapil Dev has any Indian fast bowler taken more wickets in an innings outside of India.
“We are going to enjoy this, then we go to Southampton where we will aim to play the same cricket that we played at Lord’s and Nottingham,” Sharma said.
“It gets harder and harder the more we don’t win and of course that heaps on you at the end of the day,” England captain Alaister Cook said. “Until that bloke taps me on the shoulder and says ‘we don’t want you to captain’ I’m desperate to try to turn this around for England…I’m here as long as I’m wanted.”