|Born||Sep 02, 1988|
|Age||31 years 54 days|
|Bat Style||Right Handed|
|Bowl Style||Right-arm fast medium|
As India's stock of pace bowlers continued to deplete due to fitness issues, a lanky lad from Delhi profited best. Being the selectors'; perpetual option as a stand-in, Ishant Sharma has been on the periphery of the Indian team since his Test debut against Bangladesh in 2007.
With a privileged height of 6 feet 4 inches and a combination of a high arm delivery action and genuine speed, a determined five-for against the touring Pakistan side in 2008 in what was only his third taste of Test cricket endeared Sharma to many. With Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth out of contention, the Delhiite grew in stature recording speeds unseen since the times of Javagal Srinath. He represented Kolkata in the inaugural edition of the Indian T20 league before moving to the Hyderabad franchise.
It was Venkatesh Prasad, Srinath's bowling partner who coached Sharma. Prasad helped him to introduce variation in his bowling, art of reverse swing, resulting in his affirmation on the world stage. Sharma was notably responsible for Ricky Ponting's repeated dismissals, during encounters, both home and away in 2008 and is probably what comes to mind first when his name is raised. His career took a path of decline after his initial dream run in Tests and ODIs and in spite of completing 50 Tests, his average hovers in the high 30s. Sharma's 10 wickets in the 2013 Champions Trophy in England was one of the fine highlights of his ODI career. After his brilliant Champions Trophy performance, his performances dropped against Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. Due to poor form, he wasn’t included in the World T20 squad. Recently, he admitted that he had thought of quitting ODIs after he was dropped from the national side. Sharma will be representing the Hyderabad franchise once again in the 2014 edition of the Indian T20 League after he was bought for 2.6 crores during the auction.
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