Ishant Sharma, the seasoned Indian pacer, has had a rollercoaster career marked by ups and downs. While he established himself as a key player in the Indian Test team, injuries hampered his limited-overs prospects. His last ODI appearance dates back to January 2016, and his T20I career ended in October 2013. Despite setbacks, Ishant’s contributions in Test cricket remained noteworthy.
Frequent injuries took a toll on Ishant’s limited-overs career, pushing him out of the national ODI and T20I squads. His decline began after the 2013 Champions Trophy, where he played a pivotal role. Subsequent injuries prevented him from maintaining his form and sidelined him from limited-overs cricket.
Missing the 2015 World Cup in Australia was a significant blow for Ishant Sharma. Persistent injuries, particularly a knee problem, forced him to sit out the tournament. Ishant’s determination to contribute during the preceding Test series in Australia may have played a role in his absence from the World Cup squad.
In an interview, Ishant revealed his unwavering commitment to the team. During the Melbourne Test, despite pain and injuries, he took injections to continue bowling, believing his teammates needed him. This decision, while driven by a selfless desire to support the team, proved detrimental in the long run. Despite warnings, Ishant prioritized his on-field contributions over his own well-being.