Home > News >

Ishant Sharma thrilled to reach 150 Test wickets milestone

Ishant Sharma reached a landmark 150 wickets on Day One the 1st Test © Getty Images
Ishant Sharma reached a landmark 150 wickets on Day One the 1st Test © Getty Images

By Chetan Narula

Auckland: Feb 6, 2014  

He might have been under the scanner for a while now due to poor form, but India‘s pacer Ishant Sharma, who  reached the milestone of 150 Test wickets, said he was happy with the way he has been bowling.

Ishant took two for 62 on the opening day of the first Test match against New Zealand here, accounting for the wickets of Hamish Rutherford and Ross Taylor with the former becoming the 150th victim in his 54th Test for India.

“It is a big achievement for me to get 150 wickets in Tests. I think I have been bowling well. I was bowling well in the Tests in South Africa too and I don’t think I have to worry about my rhythm. The way I am bowling at the moment, I am very happy,” said Ishant after the day’s play.

Despite Ishant and Zaheer Khan (two for 98) taking two wickets each, New Zealand reached a position of strength as they finished the opening day on 329 for four, riding on centuries from skipper Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson.

New Zealand had a disastrous morning session where they lost three early wickets for just 30 runs on the board and Ishant claimed two of those scalps.

“We bowled in the right areas throughout the day, but you have to give credit to the batsmen. They played really well.

The wicket got better as the day progressed, particularly after lunch. On such wickets you need to be patient and keep bowling in the good areas. That is what we did,” he said.

“Our intensity didn’t drop throughout the day. We did not let their run-rate go high at any point. It was always under control. Even as the wicket got flat and the ball got old, we kept bowling in the right areas. When the wicket goes flat, you have to be patient and see how to create pressure,” Ishant added.

New Zealand’s cause was helped by four dropped catches, including those dropped by Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay on either side of the lunch break.

But Ishant played it down, saying that was part and parcel of the game.

“Obviously, as a bowler you feel bad when catches are dropped off your bowling. But that is part and parcel of the game. You cannot control all these things. The only thing you can control is to keep bowling a consistent line and length.

Getting the batsmen out is our job and that is what we are trying to do,” Ishant explained.

“They played some good shots. We bowled enough bouncers and they kept on playing the pull over the top of the keeper and the slip cordon. You can’t control all this,” he said.

The medium-pacer has had a tough time recently when he was dropped from the final three One Day Internationals (ODIs) of the five-match series, which the Men in Blue lost 0-4.

“You have to know how to move on if you are a professional cricketer. Yes, we lost the ODIs and we felt bad that we lost but it is very important to move on. You have to keep up your mindset and hope to keep representing your country. You want to do well for your country and teammates, and that is the attempt always,” Ishant signed off.

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Colombo

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Dhaka

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 28, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Adelaide

More

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 24, 2014  at Colombo

Hong Kong won by 2 wkts

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 68 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Sydney

Australia won by 2 wickets (D/L method)

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 22, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Photos

Australia vs South Africa 2014, 5th ODI at Sydney

Videos

AB de Villiers: Disappointed with defeat in Australia

Cricket Australia’s marketing gimmick strips umpires of their independence

Live Updates: IPL 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal hearing in Supreme Court: BCCI is killing the game, says Supreme Court

Australia’s top form in ODIs: Early warning for teams heading to ICC World Cup 2015

Myth Busting — did Sachin Tendulkar’s rate of scoring become slower in the second half of his career?

Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina in interesting tussle ahead of India’s Test series against Australia

Australia Australia vs South Africa Australia vs South Africa 2014 Bangladesh Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014 India India tour of Australia 2014-15 South Africa South Africa tour of Australia 2014 South Africa vs Australia South Africa vs Australia 2014 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh 2014 Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh 2014

Michael Clarke denies retirement plans; hopes to be fit in time for 1st Test against India

Live Scorecard: Indians vs Cricket Australia XI, 1st Practice Match at Adelaide, Day 2

Live Cricket Score: Indians vs Cricket Australia XI, 1st Practice Match at Adelaide, Day 2

Daniel Vettori set to make Test comeback in Pakistan vs New Zealand 3rd Test at Sharjah

India Women vs South Africa Women 2014: Chloe Tryon’s half-century earns Proteas two-wicket win in 1st ODI

Chandu Patankar: A gloveman lost amidst Bombay stalwarts

Cheteshwar Pujara faces crucial series in Australia following England nightmare

The first match at the Melbourne Cricket Club

IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy: N Srinivasan increasingly cornered by Supreme Court’s observations

India vs Australia 2014: Are India as bad overseas as they are made out to be?

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

681 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli vs Australian cricketers

Canada Seemingly on Target to Balance 2015 Budget, According to New Projections

Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce to Lead Business Delegation to India in January

NGOs pursue education for all

Here’s why Shahid Kapoor is the perfect find for the Magadheera remake!

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Week by Week Pregnancy Guide – Week 25 of your pregnancy

4 signs you have vitamin K deficiency

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

Dilip Kumar dead, claim people on Twitter!

Live Scorecard: Indians vs Cricket Australia XI, 1st Practice Match at Adelaide, Day 2

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here