Veteran Indian pacer Ishant Sharma turned 32 on Wednesday (September 02). The fast bowler from Delhi has been continuously impressing the fans, especially in Test format, ever since his debut in May 2007 against Bangladesh.
Ishant has so far played 97 Tests. He has picked up 297 wickets at an average of 32. In February, early this year, Ishant bagged a five-wicket haul against New Zealand to reach his 11th five-for in the longest format. By doing that, the right-arm seamer equalled former Indian speedster Zaheer Khan’s record of most five-wicket hauls.
Ishant is currently in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with Delhi Capitals (DC) group for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
The 32-year-old cricketer recently won the Arjuna award for his immense contribution to Indian cricket.
On his birthday, numerous fans and fellow cricketers poured in with their heartwarming wishes.
India captain Virat Kohli sent greetings to Ishant by posting a throwback picture of himself chilling out with pacer.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 2, 2020
Indian opener Rohit Sharma expressed his best wishes for Ishant. Rohit even congratulated the fast-bowler for winning the Arjuna award.
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) September 2, 2020
The official Twitter handle of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared a video of Ishant’s five-wicket haul in the Pink-ball Test against Bangladesh.
🔹 97 Tests, ☝️ 297 wickets
🔹 #TeamIndia senior bowler 🇮🇳
🔹 Arjuna Awardee 👏
Happy Birthday, @ImIshant. Here's a recap of his phenomenal 5-wicket haul against Bangladesh in the Pink Ball Test. 📽️🙌
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 2, 2020
Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra penned down a heartening note on Ishant’s birthday.
“It’s not often you see a young player and immediately know that he’s going to play for India. One look at the 18yo Ishant and you knew it’s only a matter of time before he dons the India colours. Talent took him to the top…hard work ensured longevity. Happy Birthday, @ImIshant,” wrote Aakash on Twitter.
It’s not often you see a young player and immediately know that he’s going to play for India. One look at the 18yo Ishant and you knew it’s only a matter of time before he dons the India colours. Talent took him to the top…hard work ensured longevity. Happy Birthday, @ImIshant
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 2, 2020
Here is how other cricketers wished Ishant:
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) September 2, 2020
Happy birthday @ImIshant have a good one.. God bless you
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 2, 2020
— K L Rahul (@klrahul11) September 2, 2020
— Kuldeep yadav (@imkuldeep18) September 2, 2020
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) September 2, 2020
— Shreyas Iyer (@ShreyasIyer15) September 2, 2020
— Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) September 2, 2020
Happy Birthday, Ishi 😊
Here’s to more fun times and celebrations! pic.twitter.com/pFTnWVJaOC
— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) September 2, 2020
— Umesh Yaadav (@y_umesh) September 2, 2020
— Wriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) September 2, 2020
— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) September 2, 2020
— Dhammika Prasad (@imDhammika) September 2, 2020
— Mayank Agarwal (@mayankcricket) September 2, 2020
To bowl fast for 13 years, you don't just need long legs and flowing hair. You need a big heart like Ishant Sharma. Rajdhani Express, always reliable, always on time. Happy Birthday Lambu. pic.twitter.com/GqiqI7P0NJ
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 2, 2020