Ishant Sharma: The wonder boy of India’s Test victory at Lord’s

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Ishant Sharma has become the poster boy for India’s victory at Lord’s. Ishant Sharma has been the butt of many jokes following his bad form despite which he was kept on in the team rather than give raring youngsters a chance while he recuperates and gets his form. Ishant Sharma ended the 2nd Test Match with his career best bowling figures of 7 wickets for 74 runs.

England lost out to India by 95 runs after Ishant Sharma tore through the English defence but he has not been the go-to bowler for most of his career. Ishant Sharma’s rise seemed imminent after a fantastic performance in IPL 7 where he was most likely guided and groomed by Dale Steyn. Whatever maybe the reason, Ishant Sharma has finally come out of the rut in his career and hopefully this will only be a foot note in his future career.

Ishant Sharma seemed to be the wrong choice when Joe Root slammed him around at a time when every other bowler was putting a lot of pressure on England but MS Dhoni stuck to his decision and his confidence in Ishant Sharma paid dividends with Ishant Sharma bowling the most illustrious way of his Test career till date.

England was set a target of 319 runs in a little over 5 sessions to do it in. MS Dhoni had chosen Ishant Sharma as the third fast bowler for India’s tour of England and was introduced after Bhuwaneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami. Ishant Sharma came into the equation after Ravinder Jadeja and Mohammad Shami had taken wickets but when Ishant Sharma got going, he took 7 English wickets and broke the spine of their batting attack to claim a place in the memories of all the cricketing enthusiasts who enjoyed the Test Match at Lord’s.