Pacer Ishant Sharmaplaying his 100th test, hit his top six in international cricket as he tried to revive India’s falling currency crash on Day 2 of the pink ball test against England in Ahmedabad. The deep pacer debuted in international cricket in 2007.
On the first delivery of the 51st, Ishant hit him in the middle for maximum. Ishant’s six was also the first high of the current test to be played at the newly named Narendra Modi Stadium.
Earlier on Day 1, Ishant also became the first wicket player at the newly built stadium when he fired the opening home of Sibley as a duck. England were united for just 112 runs in the first passes after Axar Patel and R Ashwin chose six and three sacks respectively.
In response, India was also limited to 145 in the virgin Motera. Skipper from England Joe Koren it took six while Jack Leach had four to limit the hosts to a modest total.
On the eve of the pink ball test, Ishant was congratulated by President Ram Nat Kovind and Interior Minister Amit Shah for becoming the second Indian bowling alley after Kapil Dev to take part in 100 tests. He received a plaque from President Covind and a special cap from Shah before the test began.
India skipper They grow kohli also praised Ishant for playing 100 games in the longest format of the game.
“Playing 100 tests like fast bowling is not a feat and especially in our conditions things can become so difficult. But he continued to work hard. He is very hardworking and very honest about his abilities, about what he can do and what he can bring to the table, “Collie said.