Overlooked in IPL 2018, Ishant Sharma takes 5 wickets in County Cricket

Ishant Sharma, County Cricket
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After being ignored in the Indian Premier League 2018 players auction, Team India pace bowler Ishant Sharma claimed an excellent five-wicket haul for his team, Sussex, in the ongoing season of County Championship in England against Warwickshire. Snubbed by IPL 2018 teams, Ishant Sharma went to England to make his debut for Sussex, and ended up with match figures of 29.2-7-69-5.

IPL teams must be regretting not buying Ishant Sharma for 2018 season

While star cricketers of the Sussex side, Chris Jordan and Jofra Archer, are busy in the Indian Premier League, Ishant Sharma hogged the limelight by claiming 3 wickets for 53 and 2 for 16, respectively, in the two Warwickshire innings. The Delhi-born pacer dismissed Wilfred Rhodes, Adam Hose and Tim Ambrose in the first innings, sending Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell to the pavillion in back to back deliveries in the second innings to complete a five-wicket haul.

Sussex Cricket posted about Ishant Sharma’s exhilarating performance on their Twitter handle, and wrote,

“Five wickets for @ImIshant on his @CountyChamp debut! Highlights from day four of our season opener vs. Warwickshire are available now. #gosbts” Sussex’s tweet read. You can also watch the action highlights below.

Sussex will be enjoying Ishant Sharma’s services till June 4, 2018, making him available for the team’s first five fixtures in the County Championship, and all eight Royal London One-Day Cup group matches.

The 29-year-old Delhi cricketer had made his international debut in 2007, and has since played 81 Tests, 80 ODIs and 14 T20 internationals (T20Is) for India, proving to be crucial for the Men in Blue at numerous points of time.

Only three Indian seamers have more wickets than Ishant Sharma in Test cricket, with Sharma’s 234 dismissals making him the ninth-most prolific Indian test bowler in overall figures.

Ishant Sharma’s most recent Test appearances came during Team India’s three-match series against South Africa last month, where the 29-year-old played in the second and third Tests and took eight wickets in impressive fashion.

Ishant Sharma also has 115 ODI and eight T20I wickets to his name, and it is rather a surprise to not see him getting bagged in the Indian Premier League. Resultantly, it is a relief to witness the lanky pacer taking the County cricket by storm, as it would boos his chances to perform better in the upcoming projects of Indian cricket, for example, the upcoming tours against England and Australia, and the 2019 World Cup.

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