Its not often that you see teams worrying about their opponents fast bowling attack in a test match. Similarly, the Aussie media has been quoting Ishant Sharma’s “Not So Immaculate” previous record. And some sports journalists have been speaking about it in a rather satirical manner. Ishant Sharma has the worst strike rate in Australia since the 19th century.

But one thing many people missed (especially the Australian Media) is Ishant’s progress in the recent years. He has undoubtedly metamorphosed into a completely different bowler than to what he was in 2014. His average has decreased from 38.81 to 29.05. Strike Rate has fallen from 69.7 to 57.8. Ishant’s Wicket/Innings have improved from 1.60 to 1.73.
Sharma’s strike rate of 53 is the best for an Indian in SENA and in the ranks of the top ten fast bowlers in this period.In fact Sharma’s strike rate is better than Philander, Broad, Southee and Hazlewood.
Ishant Sharma has shown his best form in 2018. He managed to pick up 30 in a total of 8 tests played this year. His averages are 21.06 striking at a rate of 46.4 with two wickets per innings. Apart from that Ishant Sharma conceded only 2.72 runs per over. Only three other bowlers have been more economical than Ishant I.e. Abbas, Philander and Anderson
In 2018, Ishant Sharma has impressed fans in every series he has played. In South Africa and England he averaged 18.75 and 24.27.

His numbers suggest that he could do some serious damage in the upcoming Test Series against Australia. The change in his overall bowling length is worthy of praise and it has clearly translated into the wickets he has been picking up. Ishant Sharma’s current improvements show that he can cause some problems for the Aussie squad.

A Brief Look At Ishant Sharma’s Record in the Previous Years.

Ishant Sharma Batting Stats:
             
YearMatInnsNO100s50s0sHSRunsAvgS/RCaSt
20072110000*020
20081320110052311813.1130.0330
200944000218246.0039.3410
20101117700231*17617.6028.3440
20111219600317826.3126.5410
201259100316445.5029.3300
20136820034*152.5021.4310
2014814600226688.5032.5410
201578400110246.0023.3010
2016510001000.0000
2017652002682.6720.0020
2018814300314645.8232.1610
Overall (12)8712043002731*6238.0928.82170
Ishant Sharma Bowling Stats:
YearOMRW5w10wBestAvgS/RE/R
200752.1151896105/11831.5052.173.62
2008392.367120138004/7731.6161.973.06
2009127.22146910004/7346.9076.403.68
2010323.456124033004/4337.5858.853.83
2011487.5100157843216/5536.7068.073.23
2012161.0285297003/4975.57138.003.29
2013187.04057812004/7948.1793.503.09
2014346.060119238307/7431.3754.633.45
2015159.04244114105/5431.5068.142.77
2016115.02631611002/3028.7362.732.75
2017179.33552814003/3737.7176.932.94
2018232.05063230105/5121.0746.402.72
Overall (12)27635408893256817/7434.7464.763.22