Chennai, February 8
Ishant Sharma today became only the third Indian pace bowler to reach the 300-wicket mark in Tests, after Kapil Dev and Zaheer Khan.
In fact, among the 10 bowlers who have taken over 200 Test wickets, there are only four fast bowlers, the fourth being Javagal Srinath.
Sharma is the slowest to the landmark among the 35 bowlers worldwide who have got to 300 wickets, reaching it in his 98th Test. “Quite a rollercoaster life till now… I enjoyed it, pretty much, a lot of experiences through my career,” Sharma said of the feat. “There’s a lot of mentors in my life, who taught me how to bowl in the subcontinent, and even when we go abroad, what kind of lengths you need to go to… So I think I enjoyed that quite a lot.”
He had missed the tour of Australia due to an injury he suffered in the IPL, and the 32-year-old was tired. “I’m a bit sore, just played a four-overs game, a T20 game, in domestic and then came back and bowled straightaway 35 overs in three or four days on the field, so you can say I’m a bit sore,” Sharma said.
On to 400?
Ravichandran Ashwin, who took six wickets today, paid tributes to his tall teammate. “He’s worked extremely hard for more than just one reason, because being that tall itself requires a lot of facets to be managed through a career which has panned out almost 14 years, if I’m not wrong with the numbers,” said Ashwin, who reached 300 wickets in his 54th Test.
“From the Ishant that went to Australia, got Ricky Ponting out (200), and then has gone through so many other tours, he’s had his fair share of injuries,” he added.
“For a fast bowler to get close to 100 Tests in India is not a joke, and it’s a fantastic, fantastic achievement. And 300 club… I really do wish to see him get to 400 and probably 500, which would be a sort of a roadmap for a lot of quicks going forward,” he added. — TNS