Ishant ‘Steadfast’ Sharma
By B Dixit - Aug 30, 2017 11:40 am
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Exactly two years ago, Indian speedster, Ishant Sharma picked his seventh Test five-wicket haul vs Sri Lanka at Colombo (SSC). Leading the Indian bowling attack, Sharma, who over the years, became more of a Test bowler, had put on display another of his sensational spells.

Post Pujara’s excellence, which aided India to score 312 in the first innings, it was necessary for a bowler to step-up and dictate terms against the Sri Lankans. It would have been difficult for India to win the match and the series had there been any sort of lead in the first innings.

Sharma drew first blood in the fifth over after dismissing Upul Tharanga (4). He, then, managed to get the big scalp of Angelo Mathews (1) as the Sri Lankan captain edged behind to Naman Ojha. Sharma claimed his third wicket in the 19th over of the Sri Lankan innings as he dismissed Lahiru Thirimanne for a duck, leaving the home team at 6-47.

Kusal Perera, who made his Test debut in this match, was playing his natural game as he scored a maiden half-century at at strike rate close to 100. Sharma got rid of him before he could do any further damage. His final wicket came in the form of Rangana Herath (49), when he trapped him with an outside edge to Ojha.

Sharma ended up with figures of 15-2-54-5. Apparently, he has not taken a five-for in Test cricket since that match. Watch the full video: