Has the curtain fallen on Ishant Sharma’s career? BCCI sources say ‘he has a feeler’

New Delhi | Jagran Sports Office: Ishant Sharma has undoubtedly been a pace legend for India, especially in the longer format of the game. The 33-year-old, who has played over 100 Test matches, is only India’s third leading after Kapil Dev and Zaheer Khan to take over 300 wickets for India in red ball cricket. However, it looks like the curtain will soon fall on his career as the transition phase begins for the Indian Test team.

Ishant had a disappointing tour of England last year where his performance was criticized by cricket pundits. In South Africa, he didn’t take part in any of the three tests after the team management decided to go with Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur.

Ishant also probably understood that he could continue to struggle for a place in the playing XI. but Ishant, despite selectors trying to reach him, went undercover.

“As it goes on, if he says he wants to play, he will be included because he is a Delhi legend. But I don’t know what happened to him since he has been in solitary confinement since last week. He didn’t come for the Ranji team training sessions. We don’t know what he has in mind,” a senior DDCA coach told news agency PTI.

“We don’t know if the management of the Indian team said anything to him that could have changed his mindset,” he added.

Citing sources, PTI reported that Ishant, like Wriddhiman Saha, has “a hunch that his career in India may well be over.”

“Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj are now India’s number 1, 2 and 3 on the priority list when all are fit,” a BCCI source told PTI. “Next is Shardul Thakur, who is versatile and Umesh Yadav was the No. 5 pick.”

India in 2022 will play three more Test matches – two in Bangladesh and one in England which is part of the 2021 series. Barring the Test against England where they might think of fielding four playmakers, it is unlikely that ‘Ishant fits into the scheme of things.

He played against New Zealand in Kanpur but looked pedestrian for the best part. In Mumbai, an injury was cited as the reason for his ousting even though he was seen bowling at lunchtime every day. It is understood he has not played well enough in the nets in South Africa to be considered for selection in the top five.

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