‘I used to cry over the phone calls over a month, Dhoni, Dhawan came to me and…’ – Indian veteran recalls ‘lowest point’ of his career

By Daniel S

February 26, 2023

Coping up with the professional failures and synchronizing them with the personal is one of the hardest a sportsperson ever encounters. It requires the years of hard work with investing the blood and sweat and only an eye-blink for ending everything; be it optional or accidental. A lot of sports professionals have faced the similar conundrum with in their career.

A similar applies to the story of one of the senior most Indian cricketers, Ishant Sharma; the very guy who amused everyone with amazing bowling outings in the Test cricket. He came into the sight of cricketing fraternity with his remarkable spell in Perth against Australia including the historic wicket of Ricky Ponting.

But recently, the Delhi pacer has opened up on the ‘lowest point’ of his career; subsequently, he also said that he could’ve been a brilliant bowler in the limited-overs cricket but that one unfortunate day completely changed the perception of people towards him.

The thing that hurt me the most was I was the reason behind the team’s loss – Ishant Sharma

“My lowest moment was that 2013 match in Mohali against Australia. I don’t know if I could ever have moment worse than that because I was…I don’t know. It was very tough for me. And it wasn’t because I gave away a lot of runs. The thing that hurt me the most was I was the reason behind the team’s loss. I was dating my wife at that time and I just spoke to her and I think I just cried for almost a month. I used to call her every day and cry over the phone saying that team lost because of me,” said Ishan to Cricbuzz in the show ‘Rise of New India’.

Later on, he also talked about the support that MS Dhoni and Shikhar Dhawan provided to him in that tough and lean patch.

“The good thing that happened was Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) came to my room and Shikhar (Dhawan), who was playing that game, also came and said, ‘Look you have been doing well (Dekh, tu acha khel raha hai).’ Because of that one match there became a perception that I am not a white-ball bowler,” he added later.