Indian pacer, Ishant Sharma who was among the unsold players in IPL auction this time has struck a deal. Ishant Sharma has signed for Sussex to kickstart his maiden COuntry cricket stint.
The 29-year old pace bowler from Delhi will become the 3rd Indian to play for Sussex after MK Pataudi and Piyush Chawla. Ishant has signed a 4 month with the County side and will be available for them for the first 5 County Championship and will also feature for the Sussex Sharks in all the 8 matches of Royal London One day group stages.
Although this will be Ishant’s first County stint the 29-year old has experience of bowling in English conditions. The 29-year-old has played a couple of series for India in England – in 2011 and 2014, and also featured in the 2009 World T20 and the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013, finishing as the fourth-highest wicket-taker in the one-day tournament that India won. He also registered his career-best figures of 7-74 in a Test inning, during the second innings of India’s victory at Lord’s in 2014.
Sussex CCC team Director was delighted with the signing as two of their regular bowlers Jofra Archer and Chris Jordan will not be available as they were picked up by IPL teams in the auction. Hence signing Ishant was very crucial for the county side.
Ishant also seemed delighted will this opportunity and thanked the Sussex CCC board that they have noticed his hard work and have considered him as an option for the oldest first-class county.
Welcoming Ishant’s signing, head coach Jason Gillespie said: “We’re delighted to secure the services of an experienced and very skilful international seamer. We believe Ishant will fit right into the Sussex dressing room and we are all really looking forward to welcoming him to Hove.”
So this may be a blessing in disguise for team India and for Ishant as well as the national team will soon go on a tour of England and his experience of playing in these conditions may come in handy.