Ishant Sharma’s 100 test match: Amit Shah & President Ramnath Kovind Felicitate him, Team India gives him guard of honour
Ishant Sharma played his 100th Test match against England at the Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad. Ahead of the game, Ishant Sharma got felicitated by Home Minister Amit Shah and President Ramnath Kovind. The Indian team also gave him a guard of honor ahead of the game. Even the BCCI shared the video of Sharma being felicitated. Talking about the game, England won the toss and elected to bat first. We have the return of Washington Sundar and Jasprit Bumrah in India’s playing XI. The visiting team already lost a couple of wickets in the game.
.@ImIshant was felicitated by the Honourable President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind & Honourable Home Minister of India Shri Amit Shah before the start of play here in Ahmedabad.@rashtrapatibhvn @AmitShah pic.twitter.com/7elMWDa9ye
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 24, 2021
Ishant Sharma 100th Test: Pacer to join a rare club of cricketers
The bowler broke onto the scene in 2007, and since then has had several phases in his cricketing career. He made a mark with his exceptional performance in his first-ever tour of Australia, and his duels with star batter Ricky Ponting brought him into the big league. However, his career was marred with injuries as well as form slumps. But the veteran kept coming back and ended up becoming a mainstay in the Indian Test side.
While he is one of Virat Kohli’s most trusted campaigners when it comes to the longer format, the same cannot be said when it comes to white-ball matches. The pacer has featured in 80 ODIs and just 14 T20Is, which is significantly less when compared to his appearances in Test cricket. Sharma, with his 100th Test, has joined the likes of VVS Laxman, Alastair Cook, Justin Langer, and Colin Cowdrey who have played in 100 or more Test matches but do not have a single ICC Cricket World Cup game under their belt.
Ishant Sharma career stats in Tests
Ahead of the India vs England 3rd Test match, Ishant Sharma has 302 wickets in 99 Test matches. He is also only the third Indian pace bowler to enter the 300-wicket club. The Delhi-based bowler also has eleven five-wicket hauls in the format. It is worth mentioning that the cricketer also is considered a handy lower-order batsman. He has also been utilized as a night-watchman on multiple occasions, and he also has a half-century to his name.