Match referee Pranab Roy took cognisance of the act and sent Ishant an informal message asking not to repeat the mistake. Image courtesy: Twitter

India s pace spearhead in Tests, Ishant Sharma is not having the best of the time of late. After being down with chikungunya, he was ruled out of the three-match Test series against New Zealand at home. It would have hurt him, for he was fit when selected to the squad and was expected to lead the attack. However, keeping it behind, he recovered in time to take part in the ongoing season of Ranji Trophy for Delhi. But another unwanted thing happened to him, bringing him into the spotlight for reasons beyond cricket, during a match against Karnataka at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

The reason why Ishant hit the headlines was the jersey he was wearing for the game. While all his Delhi team-mates were wearing the Team Delhi kit, Ishant turned up with his Team India Test kit, an act prohibited by the BCCI at domestic level. His act came to notice when he was bowling. Instead of the regular Delhi kit, he was wearing the one issued by BCCI to the players representing Team India in Tests. Match referee Pranab Roy, who according to the reports was unhappy by this gesture, took cognisance of the same and sent him an informal message asking not to repeat the mistake.

According to the latest amendments in the Indian domestic cricket rulebook, no player is allowed to don the national team kits while playing for his domestic side. The rule also goes on to state that the players can wear only the kits supplied to them by their respective domestic teams. This move, apparently, aims at keeping all the players at the level playing-field and maintaining uniformity. In the past, there were instances when the Team India players would flaunt their India kits while playing in domestic tournaments, separating them from the domestic players.

Coming to the match, Ishant s bad luck continued as Delhi were thrashed by an innings and 160 runs. Ishant s team was shot down for embarrassing scores of 90 and 164 in the game. His individual performance too was far from being impressive, as he took a solitary wicket in his 21 overs and contributed a total of 16 runs from both the innings he batted. The lanky pacer will hope for better performances in the coming days so that he can make a comeback to the Indian team for five Tests against England, which start in a couple of weeks time from November 9 at Rajkot.