By being picked in the playing XI for the Day-Night Test against England in Ahmedabad, Ishant Sharma will complete his 100th Test appearance, and in doing so, the right-arm pacer has created history by becoming only the second Indian fast bowler after legendary Kapil Dev to achieve this feat.
Ishant debuted in 2007 and has claimed 302 wickets at an average of 32.22 with 11 five-wicket hauls in 99 Tests.
Ishant shared the news on social media with an image and a caption, writing, "Ready for the pink."
Ready for the pink 🙌🏏 pic.twitter.com/ZKF460rv8m
— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) February 23, 2021
With the news that Ishant Sharma has been selected for his 100th Test, a number of members of the cricketing fraternity congratulated him on social media.
The Board of Cricket Council India congratulated Sharma with a tweet, writing, "What a moment for the senior speedster."
Test Match No.1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ for @ImIshant 🇮🇳
What a moment for the senior speedster 🔝 👏
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 24, 2021
ICC too shared a tweet congratulating Ishant Sharma for playing 100 tests.
Congratulations to @ImIshant who becomes the fourth India bowler to play 1⃣0⃣0⃣ Tests!
Massive achievement 👏 pic.twitter.com/3yzrLqU7vc
— ICC (@ICC) February 24, 2021
ICC shared a separate tweet where they revealed that Virat Kohli woke Ishant Sharma up to tell him he had been selected for his 100th Test match.
— ICC (@ICC) February 23, 2021
Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar wrote, "Playing 100 Tests is a great landmark for any cricketer, especially a fast bowler. Have seen you play from your U-19 days & played alongside you in your 1st Test. Proud of you & your service to #TeamIndia. Continue to serve in the best possible manner. Congrats @ImIshant!"
Playing 100 Tests is a great landmark for any cricketer, especially a fast bowler. Have seen you play from your U-19 days & played alongside you in your 1st Test. Proud of you & your service to #TeamIndia.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 24, 2021
Here's what others wrote on the occasion:
💯 Tests! Congratulations @ImIshant bro! Fantastic achievement for a fantastic player. Credit to your hard work and dedication 😊
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) February 24, 2021
Congratulations @ImIshant. Not a bad place to play your 100th. Only second Indian pacer to do so after great @therealkapildev. I had the best seat in the house at short leg when he announced himself to the cricket world with that spell to @RickyPonting. #PinkBallTest #INDvsENG pic.twitter.com/Y8ddOe8HSg
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) February 24, 2021
Biggest ground, tallest cricketer: Ishant could not have found a better stadium to play his 100th Test #MoteraCricketStadium
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) February 24, 2021
Here’s wishing the very best, as you embark on playing your 100th Test Match! A journey that has been nothing short of inspirational at various levels.. Well done Ishant bhai..
P.S. Your spell at Perth in 2008 still gives me fresh goosebumps! @ImIshant
— Jaydev Unadkat (@JUnadkat) February 24, 2021
— Akshar Patel (@akshar2026) February 24, 2021
A well deserved milestone @ImIshant. Congratulations & best wishes for your 100th test match brother. This will surely be a momentous #PinkBallTest at #GCA stadium. #INDvsENG pic.twitter.com/7pqsyudT04
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) February 24, 2021
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 24, 2021
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The former India captain added that he loves watching the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma bat.
The 32-year-old, who was retained by Delhi ahead of the IPL auction, missed the games against Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, which paved the way for 24-year-old pacer Avesh Khan's selection in the team.
Tendulkar also thanked the medical staff for taking care of him during the hospitalisation.