Ishant Sharma: Will Ishant Sharma’s career end with tour of South Africa? Ishant, who has over 100 Test experience, is South Africa’s last
Ishant Sharma: Will Ishant Sharma’s career end with tour of South Africa? Is South Africa going to be Ishant’s last tour with over 100 Test experience? These questions started even before he left for South Africa. India’s tour of South Africa begins on December 26. For this, Team India will leave for Johannesburg on December 16. Ishant Sharma, along with several young fast bowlers, has been named in the squad. But his place on the team remains in doubt.
Bumra, Shami’s growth fell on Ishant.
Ishant Sharma’s influence in the team has diminished due to the rise of Bumrah and Shamila. He is now the team’s third and fourth pacer. With Mohammad Siraj and Shardul Thakur scoring, the team’s headaches increased. Along with them, bowlers like Avesh Khan and Navdeep Saini are waiting for their turn. Umran Malik is another name who is preparing to join the team. It is clear that Ishant is facing many difficulties in such situations.
8 Tests in last 12 months
India will play a home series against Sri Lanka in February-March next year following a tour of South Africa. The team does not take more than two fast bowlers in Playing XI in the home series. In the last 12 months, Ishant has taken 14 wickets in 8 Tests at an average of 32.71. At this point he was unable to handle his workload properly. After taking 5 wickets in both innings of the Lord’s Test, he went on to score 92 in 22 overs in the next Test at Headingley. He also did not make an impact in the first match of the Test series against New Zealand in Kanpur last month. Bowling coach Paras Mambrey had to come forward to save him in this situation.
105 Tests 311 wickets
Ishant’s career continued with ups and downs. He went on to make his mark with the Perth Test in 2008. Poor form once led to his dismissal from the Indian team. Former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie has helped rebuild his career. Ishant Sharma has taken 311 wickets in 105 Tests. Will have to wait and see what happens on the South Africa tour.