Write an Article Live Scores App

Rahul Sharma: From losing faith to winning matches

f

File photo: Rahul Sharma

File photo: Rahul Sharma

Rahul Sharma is a very happy man today, and his family and friends must be relieved. This is not only because of his remarkable bowling spell of 5-23, but also due to bigger possibilities in the future.

With this performance, Sharma has come under the limelight, and it might prove to be a crucial turning point for him. It could go a long way in fast tracking his recovery from a tainted cricketer to a regular member of the Indian squad.

Sharma’s journey so far has not been smooth. He was booked, along with Pune Warriors teammate Wayne Parnell of South Africa in May 2012, for his alleged involvement in the notorious Pune drug case.

Sharma however seems to have turned things around for himself and played a very important role in India A’s victory over West Indies A in the only T20I match played yesterday. With this win, India A restored some pride, after losing the ODI series.

But before we take a deeper in to yesterday’s contribution, let us take a quick look at Sharma’s profile.

Initially a medium pacer, Jalandhar lad is now a slow right-arm leg spinner. The 26-year-old (will be 27 in November) started playing for Punjab in 2006, but it was his eye-catching displays in the IPL in 2011 with the Warriors, which caught the eye, with an impressive average of 15.35.

While representing Punjab in the Ranji trophy, Sharma took 13 wickets in seven First Class matches in the year 2009-1010. Additionally, in 2011, he took two wickets while giving away just seven runs in a match against Mumbai Indians playing for the Warriors.

Sharma took three wickets on his ODI debut in ODIs in 2011 against West Indies. But that is when things took a turn for the worse. He lost his place in the side owing to a loss of from. But that was just the beginning. Due to the alleged doping charges, he was discarded from the ODI in 2012.

But credit where it is due, Sharma has recovered and performed well in the recent matches for India A. He finished with figures of 3.2-0-23-5 in yesterday’s match. Sharma credited the legendary Anil Kumble and Narendra Hirwani for his impressive performances and said that the tips given by them proved fruitful in improving his bowling.

Sharma has come a long way and youngsters should realise that one silly mistake could end their career from this episode.  But if Sharma continues to maintain this kind of form, the selectors will have no option but to consider his case again. He surely deserves a second chance.


Latest
KSCA Trophy Day 2: Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Hooda score centuries; Yuzvendra Chahal, Shreyas Gopal claim fifers Three centuries and two fifers claimed in the KSCA Trophy on the second day
Scoreboard: India vs West Indies, Day 3, First Test
Umesh, Shami put India on top vs Windies at stumps on Day 3
Live: 1st Test, Day 3: West Indies vs India Live: 1st Test, Day 3: West Indies vs India. WI 21/1
India vs West Indies, Day 3 - Stats: Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav breathe fire Indian pacers demonstrate persistence as Virat Kohli enforces follow-on
Twitter Reactions - West Indies vs India 1st Test, Day 3 Twitter Reactions - West Indies vs India 1st Test, Day 3.
Who Said What: World reacts as India's fast bowlers shine on day 3 Reactions from the cricket fraternity after India's bowlers dominated the proceedings with the hosts having had to bat again on day 3.
West Indies tottering at 157/7 against India in first Test (Tea Report)
England vs Pakistan 2016, 2nd ​Test Day 2: Stats – Joe Root’s incredible numbers and Yasir Shah's unwanted record Interesting numbers from day two of the second Test between England and Pakistan.
5 records broken by Virat Kohli during his knock of 200 The Indian Test skipper carried forward his fine run of form to the Test format as well and broke quite a few records en route his 200.
Shane Warne lists his most favourite batsman from each opposing nation Australian leg-spinner names Sachin Tendulkar as best of their generation.
India pick up two wickets in first session of day three
Top 10 double hundreds by Captains away from home In the wake of Virat Kohli's 200 against West Indies, we take a look at the 10 best double centuries by captains away from home.
Windies crawl to 90/3 against India in first Test (Lunch Report)
Comic: SC bars ministers and bureaucrats from BCCI! The Supreme Court of India has barred ministers and bureaucrats from holding posts in BCCI.
Comic: Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin toy with West Indies It was a records galore as Ashwin hit his third century against the West Indies, while Kohli racked up his maiden Test double century.
BCCI's top officials to meet Lodha committee members on August 9 The BCCI is expected to seek some much-needed clarifications on how the Lodha Committee recommendations are to be implemented.
Root makes hay as England pile on the agony
Kohli is the paradigm shift in cricket: Arun Lal
India vs West Indies 2016: West Indies coach says bowlers are in the process of learning West Indies have to bat out of their skin to save the first Test match against India.
Inzamam-ul-Haq wants Pakistan to be more consistent Worryingly for Pakistan fans, Inzamam feels the outcome of the Old Trafford Test could decide the outcome of the four-match Test series.
Kohli's double ton a classy knock: Viv Richards
More →
Related articles