AjeyoLAST UPDATED: Aug. 5, 2020, 10:06 p.m.
New Delhi: Ishant Sharma described the turning point of his international career which was in 2013 when Australians visited India and in the third ODI James Faulkner hit him 20 runs in an over.
Ishant said that he felt like he had 'betrayed the country' when Faulkner was crashing on him.
“The turning point of my life came in 2013. Faulkner hit me for 30 runs in one over in an ODI in Mohali that Australia went on to win,” said Ishant Sharma on cricketbaazi show as quoted on ESPNcricinfo.
MS Dhoni gave the ball to Ishant Sharma when the Australians required 44 runs off 18 balls in Mohali. Ishant Sharma completely failed to defend the runs and bowl dot balls, he gave 30 runs in that over and the momentum shifted to the Australians.
Faulkner scored 64 runs off 29 deliveries which helped Australia to chase the mammoth total of 304 against India, Australians were successful in taking the lead of 2-1 in that 7 match ODI series played in India. Later on, India finished the series by 3-2.
“At that time I felt I had betrayed myself and my country,” said Ishant going on to reveal that he cried for two weeks after that Mohali ODI. “For two-three weeks, I didn’t speak to anyone. I cried a lot. I am a very tough guy. 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. I stopped eating. I couldn’t sleep or do anything else. You switch on the television and people are criticising you, which messes you up even more,” said Ishant as quoted by Hindustan Times.
“I laugh about it now and I consider it a blessing in disguise. Sometimes you need a jolt to understand your passion. After the Faulkner incident, I went through major changes in my life. After 2013, I started taking things seriously. Before that, if I had a bad performance, people would come and tell me ‘It’s okay, it happens.’ But after 2013, if someone came to me and said that, I wouldn’t listen. If I have made a mistake, I have made a mistake. I started taking responsibility for my actions. When you do that, you play every match to win it for the team,” Ishant added.
The 31-year-old cricketer is just 3 short of completing his 300 wickets in international cricket.