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Ind vs Eng, 1st Test, Chennai – Ishant Sharma reflects on ‘rollercoaster’ career




Fast bowler confident India can chase down the target in the fourth innings

Ishant Sharma acknowledged that his career has been “quite a rollercoaster” after becoming the third Indian pacer, behind Kapil Dev and Zaheer Khan, to get to the 300-wicket milestone in Tests – in his 98th match, against England in Chennai. Long hours out in the field as England made merry have left Sharma “a bit sore”, but he feels the Indian bowling unit has done a “pretty good job” considering the “road” England played their first innings on.

England, after winning the toss, batted through the first two days before stopping at 578, and after taking a 241-run lead, added 178 more, leaving India to chase 420 to win the first of four Tests. India reached 39 for 1 by close on the fourth day, still 381 away from the target, but Sharma sounded a positive note.

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