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Team India’s fast bowler Ishant Sharma completed 300 wickets in a Test career. He achieved this feat in the Chennai Test against England. Daniel Lawrence became his 300th victim. Ishant’s coach Shravan Kumar is very proud of this achievement. He believes that Ishant is not going to stop yet.
Shravan told Bhaskar that Ishant will also become the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket by overtaking Kapil Dev. Ishant is just 32 years old and can play at least 40 Tests. Kapil Dev has 434 Test wickets.
Accepting mistake is typical of Ishant
Shravan Kumar said, ‘The biggest feature of Ishant is that he knows to accept his mistake. They also work hard to rectify their mistake. When they were dropped from the team for poor performance, they came to me and talked to me. I told that their action is not the same as before. He then worked on it for a few days and returned to the team again.
Ishant will have to focus on fitness
The coach said, “Ishant will have to keep himself fit and perform consistently well. Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami are not in the squad yet. After his return, the playing XI will get an opportunity to the same player who will be fit and take wickets. Right now the bench strength of the Indian team is also very strong. Bowlers like Shardul Thakur and Mohammad Siraj are also present, who can also bat according to the need of the team. In such a situation, it will be a big challenge for Ishant to make a consistent place in the playing eleven.
Ishant came to the coach so that he could get admission in the school
He told, ‘Ishant had brought a student to me. Actually Ishant wanted to take admission in Ganga International School in 11th. They came to me so that they could be admitted through sports quota. I asked what you do in cricket. He told that I bowled. He was wearing a bathroom slipper. When he asked me to throw the ball, his speed was astonishing. He had a natural pace. Then I got him edited at Ganga International School. What happened next is in front of everyone.
Senior players were offended
The coach said, “When Ishant got a chance at his club, many senior players got angry. He said that I ignore him and give Ishant a chance at such a young age. I used to tell them that it will play international. However, no one thought that he would get a chance from the Indian team at such a young age. I also did not expect that he would get a chance to play for the Indian team in 19 years.