Team India pacer Ishant Sharma has recalled his ODI debut and revealed an interesting anecdote involving his shoes, his luggage and Rahul Dravid. While talking to opener Mayank Agarwal, Ishant revealed that he was left without his shoes in his maiden ODI series and he had to borrow a pair from Zaheer Khan to play in the match.
Ishant Sharma also revealed how he got nervous when legendary Rahul Dravid asked the reason for him not practicing ahead of the match. Ishant, made his ODI debut against South Africa in 2007 and bowled alongside Zaheer Khan and RP Singh in the match.
Ishant revealed that he was not picked for the ODI series in Ireland and was called all of a sudden. The Delhi pacer also revealed that players including Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni fell sick in Ireland due to the tremendous cold.
“It was so cold there. I was selected for the England Test series and not the ODI series in Ireland. I was chilling at home and then I got a call that you have that come to play ODIs in Ireland. I tell you my friend that it was so cold there, it was like ice for us. So many people including MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa and RP Singh fell ill due to the change of weather conditions. At least, 7 people fell ill.”
“I was waiting for my luggage and I called my manager. The manager said the luggage will come directly in your room, I was like ‘woahh! we have this facility also, this is nice, in Ranji matches we carry it ourselves’. I was standing and then Rahul Dravid asked Ishant why are you not bowling. I nervously said him that I was waiting for my shoes and that shocked him. I explained him that I kept my luggage in the flight but hadn’t reached me. Rahul Dravid asked me that how will I play the match tomorrow. I was shocked again. I borrowed shoes from Zaheer Khan and played my first ODI match,” Ishant Sharma recalled.