IPL 2022: Here’s How Fans Reacted After Seeing Ishant Sharma In The Guest Box

Senior India pacer Ishant Sharma had gone unsold in the IPL 2022 mega-auction; the 33-year-old veteran didn’t find any bidders at his base price of 1.5 crore. However, on Wednesday, Ishant made a surprise entry to the IPL 2022.

Not on the field, but Ishant Sharma was seen cheering on the virtual guest box during the IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders that was taking place at the DY Patil Stadium.

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Ishant Sharma has represented a plethora of teams in the IPL – Delhi Capitals, Deccan Chargers, Punjab Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rising Pune Supergiant – since 2008. However, the last season, when he was with the Capitals, might perhaps have been the last time that he was seen in the IPL.

Fans reacted in shock seeing the senior Indian pacer Ishant Sharma, who was dropped from the Test team ahead of the Sri Lanka series, in the virtual guest box in the IPL and not on the field.

Ishant Sharma has taken a total of 72 wickets in 93 IPL matches. He was a regular in the eleven in the first half of his career, however, in the past few years, he’s had faded away from white-ball cricket, at the same time, his red-ball game improved significantly and was India’s senior-most pacer until he was dropped from the eleven and then from the squad altogether.

With a battery of young fast bowlers coming up in the past couple of years, it will be really difficult for Ishant to make a comeback to the Test side, especially given that India play only one away Test –  in England in July – for the remaining of the WTC cycle.

But, he goes out – when he does – as only the second Indian pacer after Kapil Dev to have featured in 100 Tests; in 105 Tests, the lanky seamer bagged 311 wickets at an average of 32.

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Jatin Khandelwal

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