Sydney. In first of the string of retirements that normally happen before every world cup, Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma today announced retirement from poor bowling post World Cup in Australia.
This world cup would be the last time that fans would get to see Ishant being ripped apart by batsmen and being hit for fours and sixes every second ball.
Ishant said that he took the decision after much more thought than he puts into his bowling and feels that this is the best time to go from ODIs as his poor bowling wasn’t resulting into too many losses for Indian team in ODI as much as they were in Test cricket.
“It was hard to bid goodbye to poor bowling as that’s how I have played all my life, but I have made up my mind,” Ishant said in a press conference, “I still feel longest format of the game, ie: Test Cricket is still the toughest to fail into, and would like to concentrate on that.”
The lanky bowler from Janak Puri also cited the waning passion and physical fitness behind his decision to hang up boots.
“The passion to bowl short deliveries on flat pitches and full tosses during death overs was no longer there and my body is already telling me that it can not take rigors of poor bowling in all formats of the game,” Ishant told Faking News.
Ishant however said that fans need not be disappointed as he would more than make up for his retirement by making all the matches that he plays in the world cup, edge of the seat thrillers.
Ishant further assured that India’s bowling future would remain unaffected with his exit from the poor bowling.
“I think my retiring from poor bowling wont make much of a difference to the fortunes of Indian team in ODI cricket as the fast bowling was already in the ‘unsafe’ hands of Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav, who are learning very fast,” Ishant signed off.