Ishant Sharma to play in the County Championship: Ravi Shastri

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma

After Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin made their way to play in the English County cricket, another Indian player is going to feature in the same tournament. India’s pace bowler Ishant Sharma might play the County side Kent as per the head coach Ravi Shastri.

“I am all for that. Pujara, Ashwin and now Ishant is also going, I think he is joining Kent. These are vital and key players in our team. The more players go, the merrier. I would like to see a couple more of fast bowlers going there,” said Shastri to PTI on Friday.

Shastri emphasized the importance of playing in the English tournament and explained how Zaheer Khan’s career took a drastic turn after he featured for Worcestershire. The former Indian captain believes that it’s not only the bowlers that need to get an experience but he would want to see the Indian batsmen heading towards the County cricket too.

“Zaheer Khan went there for a couple seasons to Worcestershire and he was a changed bowler. So I would love to see Umesh Yadav or Mohammed Shami going there, even if for short periods,” said the coach. “And why just the bowlers, the batsmen should go too. If they want to before the tour, be it Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma or others, I am all for it,” he added.

The Indian team enjoyed a long home run where they defeated everyone they faced. But in the coming months, India will travel to play in countries like Australia, South Africa, England and New Zealand. With the experience of County cricket under the belt, the players can pose altogether a different challenge to the opposition.

India’s batsman Cheteshwar Pujara played for Nottinghamshire that did wonders to his game and now, he is the highest ranked Indian batsman in Test rankings. Ravichandran Ashwin also featured in the Worcestershire’s last game against Gloucestershire and bagged 8 wickets in the match that included a five wicket haul in the second innings that helped the side win the game.

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