Dale Steyn called Ishant Sharma’s dismissal of Vijay Shankar ‘the best knuckle ball wicket’ (Sportzpics)
Dale Steyn has praised Ishant Sharma, saying the Delhi Capitals pacer took the ‘best wicket in knuckleball’ when he fired Vijay Shankar in the DC win.
On Tuesday, an optimistic Delhi Capitals side stunned the Gujarat Titans. Indian pacer Ishant Sharma played a key role in Delhi’s unlikely win against mighty side Gujarat. Delhi bowlers, led by Ishant, limited top-flight Gujarat Titans on a slow wicket at Narendra Modi Stadium and the defending champions were unable to chase 131 runs. Ishant delivered the blow to the Delhi Capitals’ body when he fired Vijay Shankar with a peach of a delivery.
In round five for the Titans, Ishant showed he still had a few tricks up his sleeve by confusing Vijay Shankar with a perfect punch.
Ishant outsmarted Shankar by sneakily changing his grip at the last moment and delivering a slower one. Ishant’s knuckleball floated through the air, fooling Shankar with its lack of rhythm and shaking the stumps.
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Ishant impressed many fans with his masterful display of bowling. Legendary South African pacemaker Dale Steyn has hailed Ishant’s outstanding dismissal of Vijay Shankar on Twitter. He wrote: “Okay Ishant just played the best knuckleball wicket I’ve ever seen!”
Alright, Ishant just threw the best knuckle ball wicket I’ve ever seen! — Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) May 2, 2023
Steyn’s tweet gained traction on the microblogging site with more than 1.2 million views in just a few hours.
Fans supported Steyn’s opinion and praised Ishant under the tweet.
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One fan noted that Ishant’s change of grip on the ball at the last moment did the trick.
The change of grip at the last moment before the release is perfect 🔥👏— тⒺέ в (@TejeshAB) May 3, 2023
Another fan replied, “Just too good. Last minute bummer before throwing that knuckleball.
“Legend enjoying legend. What a great box office that was,” another tweet read.
Legend enjoying legend.. what a great box office that was. – Aditya (@aditya10on9) May 2, 2023
Ishant teamed up with Delhi Capitals’ Khaleel Ahmed and Anrich Nortje to trouble the Gujarat Titans early in their 131 chase.
The lanky pacer also showed up for his side in the game’s final. With 12 needed on the last six balls, Ishant held off a rampant Rahul Tewatia by winning a close final.
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Ishant Sharma rolled back the years in the Delhi Capitals’ final games and scripted a fine comeback in the IPL. Ishant, bought by the Delhi Capitals for Rs 50 lakh in the 2022 mini-auction, is taking part in the tournament after a four-year hiatus.
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