Ishant Sharma for Sussex

Jose Verdugo
Febrero 15, 2018

While Ishant has been part of the worldwide scene for over a decade now, he has had to prove his worth time and again, and has slowly been phased out of India's limited-overs plans as the years have gone by.

Despite featuring in 81 Test matches in the last decade, Ishant Sharma's position in Indian Test XI is still uncertain with the increase in the options in the squad. However, the 29-year-old found his place back in the South African tour after he got his seam position right earlier this season.

Team India's Test pacer Ishant Sharma is set to be part of his maiden English county stint after signing a deal with Sussex. That means he should be available for five County Championship fixtures and eight Royal London One-Day Cup matches. He failed to bag even one wicket in the six matches he played and conceded runs at almost ten an over.

"It's a great honour to represent Sussex CCC, the oldest first-class county, and I am looking forward with excitement to my maiden stint in county cricket", Ishant was quoted as saying by the county's website.

"I would like to extend a special thanks to Sussex for taking note of my performances and deeming me suitable for this opportunity". "I hope to add value during my time as part of the Sussex family this season".

Ishant is Sussex's second Asian signing this season.

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Ishant's signing came in the view of Sussex losing their two crucial pacemen to the Indian Premier League. "Securing Ishant's services has been very important for us".

Not part of any IPL franchise this time around, a county stint will help Ishant hone his skills in English conditions, where he has previously done well, and help him prepare for the national side's tour of the country starting July.

Sussex director of cricket Keith Greenfield said: "Once Jofra and CJ were picked up in the IPL draft, it became crucial to sign an experienced international-quality seam bowler who could provide valuable support and know-how to the rest of the seamers".

Ishant will get a chance to work along with another tall pacer, Jason Gillespie.

While Chadd Sayers, the Australian swing bowler, had claimed last week he was hoping to sign for Sussex for the same period, it appears the club had accepted that gaining a work permit for him (he has not played any worldwide cricket) could have become a significant challenge.

Welcoming Ishant's signing, head coach Jason Gillespie said: "We're delighted to secure the services of an experienced and very skilful worldwide seamer".

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