In the age of keyboard warriors, Ishant Sharma has had it rough thanks to netizens trolling him for his bowling in the T20 format. The tall lanky fast bowler just earned immunity from trolls with a wicket-maiden first over for Delhi Capitals (DC) against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) yesterday.
Ishant has been struggling in IPL cricket since 2014. He has been getting matches in single digits and his economy rate has been over 9 runs per over. It is considered pretty ordinary for a bowler, especially after the reputation he created for himself during India’s tour of Australia in 2008.
Last edition of IPL, his stocks went so low that he went unsold in the auction. The veteran bowler has worked hard and made his way to India’s Test side, and eventually converting his form into T20 cricket as well (with serious pace).
The first delivery bowled by the Delhi bowler reminded cricket fans of his young days when he brought the ball back to the batsman with sharp swing. It was too unfortunate for the English IPL debutant Joe Denly who was cleaned up by the beauty of a first delivery.
— Deepak Raj Verma (@DeVeDeTr) April 12, 2019
The next five balls were right on the money making new batsman Robin Uthappa’s stay at the crease uneasy. All Uthappa could defend or get beaten by the variations of the 30-year-old.
Twitter was impressed by Ishant’s magical first over.
What a wicket maiden over by #ishantsharma !
Officially he can no more be trolled !
— Geetika (@Geetikatuli) April 12, 2019
Turning back the clock
— Sanchit Gupta (@SanchitGupta8) April 12, 2019
A scathing attack
— Vicky kashyap (@Vickyinvincible) April 12, 2019
You are not the only one
— Siddhant Dand (@DandSiddhant) April 12, 2019
Most improved bowler in international circuit since 2016: Ishant Sharma — feeling proud
— Vivek Dwivedi (@dxthsm) April 12, 2019
We will let the audience decide
Ishant sharma is bowling better than siraj and umesh combined
— Shakuni शकुनि (@Shakooni) April 12, 2019
Full of praises
The laborious art of fast bowling and the joy to get to watch it. What an over by Ishant Sharma #KKRvDC
— Aniket Pathak (@AwaaraHoon) April 12, 2019
GOT fever takes over IPL as well
— Cosmic_Indian (@silent_crusade1) April 12, 2019
Taking on the trolls
About 95% of you owe Ishant Sharma an apology but I don’t see it coming.#KKRvDC
— Eamon Lahiri ایمن لاہری (@TheSimianFreud) April 12, 2019
Last but not the least, dot balls
14 dot balls in 4 overs, brilliant spell by Ishant Sharma.
— Johns (@CricCrazyJohns) April 12, 2019
He bowled well throughout the innings giving just 21 runs of his quota of 4 overs at a reasonably good economy rate of 5.25. With World Cup 2019 squad selection just a couple of days way, Ishant must have caught attention of selectors in reckoning of India’s fourth seamer.