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Happy Birthday Ishant Sharma: Ishant Sharma, the successor of Zaheer Khan on the margins..! Whose sting used to ring outside Asia

Happy Birthday Ishant Sharma: Indian cricket team’s fast bowler Ishant Sharma has turned 34 today (September 2). Ishant was born on 2 September 1988 in Delhi. At the age of just 18, Ishant was included in the Indian team for the 2006-07 tour of South Africa.

Ishant, who is 6 feet 4 inches tall, is affectionately called ‘Lambu’ in the team. Ishant made a lot of headlines on foreign tours, especially on the second tour of his career. It was the Australian tour, when Ishant told that he can swing the ball both ways with his speed.

One wicket away from breaking Zaheer’s record

Ishant was considered the successor of former fast bowler Zaheer Khan. At the moment, Ishant is seen struggling to make his place in the team. He has many records in his name. Ishant is the highest Indian fast bowler with 171 wickets outside Asia.

Also, Ishant Sharma is the second Indian fast bowler after Kapil Dev to play 100 or more Tests. Ishant has so far taken 311 wickets in 105 Test matches. He is tied at number two with Zaheer among the highest wicket-taker Indian fast bowlers. If Ishant gets one more wicket, he will break Zaheer’s record. By the way, Indian fast bowler Kapil Dev is the highest wicket taker, who has taken 434 wickets.

Most successful Indian fast bowler

  • Kapil Dev – 434 wickets
  • Zaheer Khan – 311 wickets
  • Ishant Sharma – 311 wickets
  • Javagal Srinath – 236 wickets
  • Mohammed Shami – 216 wickets

Challenge to Ishant from these bowlers

Ishant Sharma married Indian women’s basketball player Pratima Singh on 10 December 2016. He is busy with his personal life. Along with this, they are trying to make a place in Team India. Ishant is facing challenges from bowlers like Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav.

Ishant’s presence outside Asia too

Ishant also surpassed Kapil Dev in the matter of taking most Test wickets outside Asia. Ishant now has 171 wickets in Test cricket outside Asia. Kapil Dev had 155 wickets in 45 Tests outside Asia. Talking about the Indians who took the most Test wickets outside Asia, leg-spinner Anil Kumble tops the list with 200 wickets.

Most successful Indian bowler outside Asia

  • Anil Kumble – 200 wickets
  • Ishant Sharma – 171 wickets
  • Kapil Dev – 155 wickets
  • Zaheer Khan – 147 wickets
  • Mohammed Shami – 139 wickets

Ishant’s cricketing career went like this

Ishant Sharma has so far taken 311 wickets in 105 Tests in his career. He also played 80 ODIs and 14 T20 Internationals. In this, Ishant has taken 115 wickets in ODIs and 8 wickets in T20 International matches. Ishant had an average of 32.72 in the first 32 Test matches of his career. Ishant had an average of 42.71 from 36 to 70 Test matches. Whereas from 71 to 105 Test matches, his average was 23.40.


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