Ishant Sharma on Monday became the first Indian pacer to bag 300 wickets in Test cricket during the first Test against England. He achieved the milestone after dismissing Dan Lawrence on just 18 runs.
Ravi Chandran Ashwin praised the pacer after his achievement and said how his hard-work paid off after toiling hard all on the field all these years. Ishant became the third Indian pacer after legendary Kapil Dev (434 wickets) and Zaheer Khan (311 wickets) to enter the 300-wicket club.
“Ishant is one of the most hard-working cricketers I have seen now. He has worked extremely hard. Being that tall itself requires a lot of things to be managed in a career of 14 years if I am not wrong with the numbers,” Ashwin said after the end of fourth day.
“From the Ishant that went to Australia and got Ricky Ponting out and then he has gone through many other tours, he has his fair share of injuries. So for a fast bowler to play close to 100 Tests in India is not a joke. It’s a fantastic achievement,” he added.
Ashwin congratulated Ishant and also stated that he wishes to see him even enter the 500-wicket club in the coming months.
“He is the third Indian fast bowler to get there the only one who is closer to him Javagal Srinath who is a match referee in this game. I really wish to see him get 400 and probably 500 wickets in Test,” said Ashwin.
England set a stiff total of 420 runs for India after getting all-out on 178 runs in their second innings. Ashwin became the top-pick among the Indian bowlers by taking 6/61. India is currently 39/1, with opener Shubman Gill and one down Cheteshwar Pujara batting on 15 & 12 runs respectively.