A look at Ishant Sharma's memorable performances in Test cricket
Veteran Indian pacer Ishant Sharma was on top of his game in the ongoing Day-Night Test match against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The right-arm pacer claimed 5/22 on Day 1 of the second Test on Friday. Ishant scripted a host of records with a special fifer. In the same light, here we look at the best performances by Ishant in Tests.
The senior bowler notched the third-cheapest five-wicket haul by an Indian pacer in Tests. Jasprit Bumrah (5/7 versus West Indies) and Javagal Srinath (6/21 versus South Africa) have produced better spells than Ishant. Ishant clinched his second career five-wicket haul on home soil. He had earlier claimed his maiden fifer in his first Test at home. That was his second career Test match.
During India's 2014 tour of England, Ishant registered his best career Test figures in the second match at Lord's. He was unsuccessful in the first innings after registering figures of 0/61. In the second innings his 7/74 floored England. The hosts lost the Test match by 95 runs with Ishant wiping out the middle order. Ishant was instrumental in claiming the key scalps.
In February 2014, India had floored New Zealand in the first innings of the second Test at Wellington. NZ were stunned after folding for 192. Ishant was superb for India and claimed 6/51. He got company from Mohammed Shami (4/70) to wipe out the Kiwis. India amassed 438 and had NZ at 94/5 in the second innings. However, the Test ended in a draw.
Ishant claimed a valiant 6/55 against West Indies to keep India in the second Test against West Indies in 2011 at Bridgetown. India had managed 201 in the first innings and then bundled WI for 190. Ishant negotiated his variations to perfection and got key scalps to stun the Windies. This was a strong performance by Ishant away from home in a drawn Test.
Ishant was on a roll on Friday to hurt Bangladesh, who were bowled out for 106 in 30.3. The Indian pacers bowled collectively as a strong unit to decimate Bangladesh with the pink ball at the Eden Gardens. Ishant managed his pace well and Bangladesh failed to negotiate the moving pink ball. Bangladesh didn't get behind the line of the ball to help Ishant.