Ishant Sharma has revealed that he felt he had betrayed the country
After conceding 30 runs against James Faulkner in the 2013 Mohali ODI, Ishant Sharma has revealed that he felt he had betrayed the country. However, he added that the incident against Faulkner changed his view of cricket when the player took responsibility for India, leading the attack.
Ishant Sharma’s career could be divided into two parts: before 2013 and after 2014. The lanky Delhi brand made headlines for his impressive spell against Ricky Ponting during his early years. Since then, however, inconsistency in the pacemaker and erratic line and length had concerned the Indian administration.
In 2013, when Australia visited the country for a five-game ODI series, it seemed like a final nail in the coffin for the player who conceded 30 runs against James Faulkner to allow the visitors to win at Mohali. With visitors needing 44 runs out of 18 deliveries, the game was fairly host-oriented.
Everything changed dramatically after Ishant conceded 30 races with Australia winning the contest. After the loss, the player was subjected to the harshest criticism and, in his own words, Ishant felt that he had betrayed India after that in Mohali.
“The turning point in my life came in 2013. Faulkner hit me for 30 races in an ODI in Mohali that Australia won,” said Sharma, quoted by ESPNcricinfo on his cricketbaazi show.
Unfortunately, that was not all, as the pacemaker’s mental health took a beating after the incident. The experienced now revealed that the three weeks that followed the encounter were a ‘nightmare’.
“At that moment I felt that he had betrayed me and my country. For two or three weeks, I didn’t speak to anyone. I cried a lot. I am a very tough boy. My mother says she hasn’t seen a tougher person than me. [But] I called my girlfriend and cried on the phone like a child. Those three weeks were like a nightmare. Stop eating. I couldn’t sleep or do anything else. You turn on the television and people criticize you, which disorients you even more, ”Ishant said.
The 31-year-old recounted how after 2013, he began to take more responsibility for his actions and played to win every game for the team. Immediately, at the 2013 Champions Trophy, Ishant radically changed his fortune when he collected the twin grounds of Ravi Bopara and Eoin Morgan to give India a famous victory in the final.
“But after 2013, if someone came up to me and said that, I wouldn’t listen. If I have made a mistake, I have made a mistake. I began to take responsibility for my actions. When you do that, you play every game to win it for the team, ”he said.