I cried for 15 days at least: Ishant opens up about ‘Faulkner’ over in 2013
Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma re-called the nightmare memories of 2013 when Australia’s James Faulkner smashed him all over the park.
Nine years ago, India’s Mohali saw one of the thrilling finish in ODI cricket history between India and Australia. Needing 44 runs from 18 balls to needing 14 from 12 balls – Faulkner smashed 30 runs off one Ishant over to change the whole complexion of the game.
Recalling the fateful memories, Ishant told The Indian Express during an interview that the incident didn’t only haunt him for only one day, but for at least 15 days.
“I didn’t cry for just one day … I cried for 15 days at least. I have always been hard on myself; I am not someone who just pushes things under the carpet. I lost a game for India.”
Ishant also revealed that after the match he talked to his wife Pratima Singh and how she confronted him –
“Never ever had I even seen his eyes getting moist. And here he was crying, I can never imagine Ishant crying. I told him point blank, cricket is not everything. Life is long, don’t give cricket undue importance,” she said.
However, it was Ishant’s friend named Rajeev Mahajan, who gave a career turning advice to the fast bowler –
“He was depressed, so was his family. I told him very clearly, you haven’t worked hard. And from that day onwards Ishant did not miss one training session and the change in attitude was visible in his bowling in Test cricket.”
Ever since then, Ishant has been an integral part of India’s Test team, especially in the longer format of the game. After 2013, he has played 39 Tests claiming 123 wickets at 29.95.