Ishant Sharma

  • Not interested in playing county cricket, says Ishant Sharma August 31, 2014

    New Delhi: Cheteshwar Pujara will be playing for Derbyshire this season while Varun Aaron is also keen on plying his trade in the county circuit but Ishant Sharma, the seniormost bowler of the Indian Test team, is not at all keen on playing in England. Would you be interested in playing...
  • Still no cure for Team India's travel sickness August 18, 2014

    London: 'Tigers at home, pussycats abroad', has long been said about India's cricketers. It is one that will be repeated after India's 31 defeat by England in a fivematch Test series finished with a colossal innings and 244run loss at The Oval on Sunday that culminated in the tourists collapsing to...
  • As it happened: England vs India, 5th Test, Day 3 August 17, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) England's lead swelled to 237 on the second day of the fifth Test against India at The Oval, thanks largely to Joe Root's 92* that further exposed India's lackluster bowling on a track where England bowlers dismissed the visitors for...
  • Is a fiveTest series beyond today's Indian cricketers? August 17, 2014

    India's campaign in the current series can, without fear of contradiction, be summarised as the tourists losing their way after the second Test, especially after the third. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) needs to seriously ponder: why? Was a fiveTest series beyond the mental and physical faculties...
  • As it happened: England vs India, 5th Test, Day 1 August 15, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Battered and bruised in the last two matches, it will be a test of character for India's under performing players as they go into the fifth and final Test against England here on Friday, hoping to restore their pride and...
  • India pray for Ishant Sharma's return in final Test against England August 14, 2014

    Had India, who've now won just one of their last 18 Tests on foreign soil, been offered the chance to arrive at The Oval 21 down with one to play in this fivematch series before their tour started, they might have taken up the offer. A tightlypacked schedule of five Tests...
  • Five things to know about the decisive fifth IndiaEngland Test August 14, 2014

    London: England are on the verge of putting to bed one of the most trying chapters in their Test cricket history. India could still extend them, however, in the fifth and final Test at the Oval starting on Friday. A summer for England that began with a first ever Test series defeat...
  • Captain Dhoni skips net practice, Ishant close to full fitness for fifth Test August 14, 2014

    In the buildup to the fifth and final Test against England, India on Wednesday regrouped here at The Oval as they looked to put behind the disappointment of their embarrassing innings defeat in the last game, even though skipper MS Dhoni was a notable absentee at the nets. And the Indian...
  • India's selection woes worsen ahead of mustwin Test August 13, 2014

    India completely lost the plot and momentum after winning the second Test at Lord's and now find themselves in a doordie situation to draw the fivematch Test series. It is hard to believe but the past can't be undone now, and India have to move forward. Going into the third Test...
  • How India can right their wrongs to save England series August 11, 2014

    "A retired master car thief must come back to the industry and steal 50 cars with his crew in one night to save his brother's life." The plot for India to salvage lost pride in England is not as serious as the 2000 flick 'Gone in 60 seconds', but the...
  • Excess cricket behind injuries to fast bowlers: Kapil Dev August 7, 2014

    Manchester: India's former legendary allrounder and captain Kapil Dev, now a television commentator, believes India's current quick bowlers are frequently getting injured because of an excess of cricket. "I used to play only five months of cricket in a year, they play 10 months of cricket a year these days," he...
  • BCCI may pick India's ODI squad for England today with World Cup in mind August 5, 2014

    The BCCI selection committee will on Tuesday sit down to pick the squad for the limitedovers leg of the England tour, which will give a fair idea about how India are approaching their bid to defend the World Cup next year. India will play a series of five ODIs and a...
  • India can never win with four bowlers, says Andrew Strauss August 5, 2014

    Manchester: Taking a dig at the Indian approach ahead of the Old Trafford Test, former England skipper Andrew Strauss has said that the visitors not only need more aggression but will also find it extremely difficult to win a Test match with four bowlers in their XI. "I think India have...
  • Varun Aaron should get a chance in the 4th Test, says Sourav Ganguly August 3, 2014

    Kolkata: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly called for inclusion of pacer Varun Aaron keeping in mind the fast nature of the pitch in Manchester the venue for the fourth Test versus England starting August 7. "Manchester track is the fastest wicket in England. I think Varun Aaron should get a...
  • India's worries before the 4th Test: injuries, selection, form August 3, 2014

    The fiveTest series, as was feared, has started taking its toll on India in England. It was the first time India were playing 25 days of Test cricket on a single tour for over a decade. And after three Tests, the injury list has been released. Ishant Sharma's ankle gave in...
  • Dhoni's reply and five reasons for India's Southampton Test defeat August 1, 2014

    India capitulated to an embarrassing 266run defeat in the third Test at Southampton, allowing England not only to level the series at 11 but also get a firm foot inside the fiveTest series that is now widely open. India's surrender on day five was nothing less than England's at Lord's...
  • Ishant Sharma ruled out of fourth Test against England July 31, 2014

    Southampton: Fast bowler Ishant Sharma will miss the fourth cricket Test against England at Old Trafford as he is still recuperating from an ankle injury, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Thursday. Ishant had returned with a careerbest figures of seven for 74 to guide India to a 95run win...
  • Ishant's absence has hurt Team India in this Test: Agarkar July 30, 2014

    Mumbai: Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar on Tuesday said missing out on Ishant Sharma's services in the ongoing third Test at Southampton has hurt the team in the ongoing match. "Obviously, you want a form player to play throughout. You don't want the guy to miss out on any cricket when...
  • Ishant Sharma to undergo more tests on sore leg: bowling coach July 28, 2014

    Southampton: India's bowling coach Joe Dawes was apprehensive about Ishant Sharma's fitness, saying the pace spearhead will undergo tests in the next few days after missing out on the second test due to a sore leg. Tall fast bowler Pankaj Singh replaced Ishant in the Indian squad. "Ishant has a sore leg....
  • Brett Lee impressed with fearless young Indian cricketers July 27, 2014

    Mumbai: Former Australian speedster Brett Lee on Sunday said he was impressed with the fearless attitude of the Indian youngsters in the ongoing Test series against England. "I have been really impressed with the new Indian side. They are playing fearless cricket and that happens only when you get new people...
  • Is Mahendra Singh Dhoni planning to quit Test cricket? July 24, 2014

    Amid the euphoria of India's elusive win at Lord's in the second Test against England, a statement from skipper MS Dhoni got lost under a stockpile of statistics and Ishant Sharma carols. Dhoni, who once again masterminded a piece of history for India with a Test win at Lord's after 28...
  • 2014 Lord's win more special than 1986 July 23, 2014

    Winning the second Test of the ongoing series in England, Indian cricket's only second triumph at Lord's, has brought back memories of India's first Test win at the Home of Cricket in 1986 when the visitors beat the Englishmen by five wickets. Ishant Sharma's spell of 7 for 74 on the...
  • India are lords of Lord's July 22, 2014

    Ishant Sharma picked up seven wickets in the second innings to take India to a 95run win and lead the fivematch series 10. ...
  • Ishant, Bhuvneshwar climb up ICC rankings chart July 23, 2014

    Dubai: India's historic win at Lord's, only their second at the home of cricket in 82 years, has seen Indian players Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane make noticeable improvements in the latest ICC Test Player Rankings, released on Tuesday. Ishant, who took a matchwinning sevenwicket haul in...
  • No one appreciates my efforts other than teammates: Ishant Sharma July 22, 2014

    London: Cynosure of all eyes after his fiery spell earned India first Test victory at the iconic Lord's in 28 years, fast bowler Ishant Sharma feels his efforts are never appreciated by people other than his teammates. "Sometimes, I feel like my efforts are never appreciated by people other than my...
  • Lord's win was a team effort, says Sandeep Patil July 22, 2014

    Mumbai: Selection panel chairman Sandeep Patil said the convincing 95run win over England has thrilled him and credited the whole team for the stupendous effort. India swamped England by 95 runs to post their first victory at Lord's in 28 years. "I'm thrilled by the victory like everyone else. But this is...
  • Lords of Lord's: The five heroes of India's historic win July 22, 2014

    Ajinkya Rahane, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma played pivotal roles in India's historic triumph on Monday, which helped the visitors to their first Test win at Lord's since 1986 and only second overall in 82 years. If Rahane's century on day one laid the foundation, Ishant Sharma's...
  • Stats from Lord's: Ishant's first fivefor in a winning cause and more July 22, 2014

    Statistical highlights from India's historic triumph on Monday that saw them beat England in a Test at Lord's for the first time since 1986 and second overall in 82 years. India have produced a victory after failing to register a single win in their previous fifteen Tests overseas. The win...
  • England won't miss Cook as captain, says Nasser Hussain July 22, 2014

    London: Former England captain Nasser Hussain urged Alastair Cook to stand down as skipper after a 95run defeat by India at Lord's on Monday condemned the side to its tenth Test without a win. Immediately after the match Cook said he had no intention of resigning and the England and...
  • Matchwinner Ishant needed convincing to go short July 22, 2014

    London: Ishant Sharma's shortpitched barrage inspired India to victory at Lord's on Monday, but the tall rightarm seamer needed more than a little convincing from his captain to attempt the matchwinning tactic. Sharma took careerbest figures of 7 for 74 as India claimed a 95run victory to go 10 up in...