Ishant Sharma turned 27 on Thursday. Photo-- Instagram
Ishant Sharma turned 27 on Thursday. Photo– Instagram

Ishant Sharma, who turned 27 on Thursday, shared a picture partying with his non-cricketing friends just after he returned from a fantastic tour of Sri Lanka, captioned, “Thanks everyone for making my birthday special.” India won a Test series in the island after a long wait of 22 years and Virat Kohli became the first captain since Mohammad Azharuddin who led his side to a victory in 1993. With eight wickets in the last game of the three Tests series, he became the fourth Indian pacer and eighth Indian bowler to reach the milestone of 200 Test wickets. It was Sri Lanka’s second successive home series defeat in a row, having lost 1-2 to Pakistan. READ: Ishant Sharma, the new 200 Test wickets club member, turns 27

Ishant, who has been banned for a Test match after being involved in . Ishant had an altercation with Sri Lanka fast bowler Dhammika Prasad in the final Test, when the latter bowled three bouncers in an over which is illegal, got a supporter in the form of his coach Shravan Kumar. According to Kumar, Ishant’s aggression was more due to the team atmosphere that was generated by team director Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli. Kohli and Shastri have been speaking of having an aggressive team culture.

Ishant crossed the limit this time. Sledging is a part of the game, but by making gestures he invited more trouble from the match referee. I think he got carried away with the dressing room atmosphere, especially when you have a captain and Team Director who talk so much about aggression. He was never so aggressive as a child. I will definitely ask him to control his aggression. By now, he must have realised that he is the one who suffered in this incident. The team management hasn’t come forward to request the match referee to remove his ban. Ishant needs to be counselled and learn the art of sledging, which is a very subtle act,” he added. READ: Ishant Sharma’s coach blames Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri for his altercation