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Ishant Sharma - From Being A Snub At School To India's Leading Test Bowler

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By IANS News
February 23, 2021 • 15:43 PM View: 1095

From a boy who once sat at a west Delhi intersection with tears in his eyes after failing to get admitted to a recognized school 17 years ago to becoming the second India pace bowler to play 100 Tests, it has been quite a journey for Ishant Sharma.

Back then, a lanky, ungainly Ishant had just one cricket jersey which had faded to pale yellow. His primary concern then was to gain admission in a recognized school from the unrecognized neighborhood one he was studying in.

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His ticket to a recognized school was going to be a neighbor, Manvinder Singh 'Banka', a former India under-19 and Railways cricketer.

Banka, who had played just eight first-class games, was a sort of a star in that area for having played cricket at a decent level.

Ishant would frequent Banka's home and request him to pull strings and get him admitted to a recognized school.


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