India fast bowler Ishant Sharma is all set to play his 100th Test. The upcoming pink-ball match against England at the newly-renovated Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad will be his milestone game. The 32-year-old experienced pacer will become the only second Indian speedster after Kapil Dev to reach the milestone.
Ishant, who was injured during the 13th edition of IPL while playing for the Delhi Capitals, had missed the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia. He made a comeback into the Test squad for the ongoing four-match series against England.
Ishant took 3 wickets in the series opener at the MA Chidambaram Stadium before picking up two scalps in the second match.
Earlier, Ishant’s former Delhi teammate and current head coach, Vijay Dahiya predicted that the lanky pacer would be the last Indian speedster to play 100 matches in the longest format of the game.
“Ishant will be the last Indian fast bowler to play 100 Test matches. I don’t see anyone playing 100 Tests. With the majority of the fast bowlers preserving themselves for IPL and white-ball games, it will be increasingly difficult to play 100 Tests for India,” Dahiya had said.
Meanwhile, veteran off-spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin also backed the Delhi-born player to take 400 wickets in the red-ball cricket.
“ I really wish to see him get to 400 and probably 500 wickets, which should be sort of road map for a lot of Indian quicks going forward,” Ashwin said after India lost the first Test to England by 227 runs.
In 99 Tests so far, Ishant has scalped 302 wickets at an economy rate of 3.16.