Ishant Sharma to retire after South Africa tour
CRICDOT DESK :India’s South Africa tour, a spectacular development, could be the final appearance in the national colors of Ishant Sharma. Virat Kohli led’s team is set up to do three tests at Rainbow Nation, and Ishant sharma is no longer a solid starter in India’s current launch XI.
The longest format right-handed high-speed bowler, who has participated in 105 tests so far, has certainly done a good job. However, the BCCI Selection decided to look ahead as several young and talented pacemakers competed for spots within the team. The rise of Shadul thakur and Mohammed Shiraj seems to have played a major role in this decision. Therefore, Ishant, along with two other veterans, Ajnikya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, will be placed under the scanner during the series starting December 26th.
“Rahane’s dismissal as deputy captain is a clear warning signal for him. As a senior member of the site, he must contribute more. The same applies to Pujara. He has been around for a long time. And now the team expects him to play those important strokes in big games, “BCCI’s senior executive told Indian Express.
“If you score and make a big impact on the series, you may have the opportunity to extend your testing career, but that may be the case with Ishant,” officials added. It didn’t take long for the Delhiborn Speedster to lead India’s pace attack. However, the rise of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami meant that the pacemaker had lost his position.
In addition to these regular players from Team India, fast bowlers such as Placid Krishna, Abesh Khan, Umran Malik and Nabdeep Saini are waiting in the starting blocks. Remember that during the England tour earlier this year, Ishant was unable to find a location for the Forman Pace Attack in India. He was also not seen in the second and final test against New Zealand in the recently completed series.
Ishant sharma ‘s form has also deteriorated recently, and the same may have affected this reported call from the selector. In the last 12 months, Ishant has played 8 tests and won 14 wickets at 32.71. So it would be interesting to see how the South African tour develops for him.