Speaking on Cricbuzz’s ‘Rise of New India’ show, Ishant Sharma recalled that 2013 ODI against George Bailey-led Australia in Mohali. Where James Faulkner scored 30 runs in one of his overs, which included one four and four sixes. Australia needed 44 runs in the last three overs to win. Had four wickets in hand. Meanwhile, Faulkner scored 30 runs in one over of Ishant and won the match with three balls remaining.
Ishant Sharma revealed that what hurt him more than the beating he got in that over was the fact that India lost because of that 30-run over. He said that after that match he cried for almost a month. Ishant said that my worst moment was the 2013 match against Australia in Mohali. I don’t think a worse moment could ever happen to me.
It was very difficult for me. And it was not because I gave away too many runs. What hurt me the most was that I was the reason behind the team’s defeat. I was dating my wife at the time and I just spoke to her and I think I cried for about a month. I used to call him everyday and used to cry on the phone saying that the team lost because of me.
Ishant Sharma, however, revealed the support he received from the then captain MS Dhoni and teammate Shikhar Dhawan. Although he felt that the match made people think that he was not a white ball bowler. He said, “The good thing was that Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni) came to my room and Shikhar (Dhawan), who was playing that game, also came and said, ‘Look, you are doing well (see, You are playing well. After this I became normal.