Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma has been out of the national reckoning for a long time. His last Test appearance came against the New Zealand cricket team in the ICC WTC 2019-21 final where he took three wickets. Since then, he didn’t feature for the national cricket team. His last ODI appearance was against South Africa in 2016 whereas his last T20I was against Australia in 2013.
However, he has been a regular feature for India in Tests till 2021 before he eventually fell out of the selectors’ radar. The veteran pacer was last seen in cricketing action during the sixteenth edition of the Indian Premier League. Plying his trade for Delhi Capitals, the lanky fast bowler took 10 wickets in eight games last season.
The Indian team management has already been under immense pressure for their inability to end their ICC title drought. Their last ICC glory came in 2013 when the Men in Blue beat England to win the Champions Trophy. Since then, India reached four ICC finals and lost all of them. It very much seems that the selectors aren’t considering bringing Ishant back into the mix.
Ishant Sharma is no longer part of Indian Test squad
The Delhi-born made his commentary debut earlier this year. In fact, he was recently a part of the Hindi commentary panel of the just-concluded West Indies vs India second Test at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad. While commentating during the game, the veteran Indian fast bowler dropped a retirement hint.
The Indian fast bowler was part of the Hindi commentary panel along with former Indian cricketers Zaheer Khan and Aakash Chopra. When all three commentators were busy talking about the game, Aakash Chopra asked Ishant Sharma if he would put his foot on the field. In response, the experienced campaigner smiled and added, “Nahi, meri body ab mera saath nahi deti hai.”
(Translation: No, my body doesn’t support me anymore) This response from the pacer clearly tells us that he has already made up his mind to call it quits on his professional cricket career. He might as well announce the decision anytime soon.