Happy Birthday: Sharma, Lewis, Martinez

Sport360 staff 10:30 02/09/2016
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Birthdays - September 2

Ishant Sharma turns 28 today, on September 2. Over the course of his nine-year career since making his international debut, he has produced several special moments.

Rattling Australian skipper Ricky Ponting at Perth in 2008 is up there with his finest displays.

Having made his debut in 2007 against Bangladesh at Mirpur, Sharma has taken on the responsibility of being the spearhead in India’s bowling attack ever since Zaheer Khan retired.

He has taken 209 wickets in 72 Tests at an average of 36.71 while notching up 115 wickets in One-Day Internationals.

Ishant helped India win a Test at Lord’s after 28 years with figures of 7 for 74 putting England on the back foot. Chasing 319 for victory, England were undone by Ishant’s rampage as India won the game by 95 runs.

More sport stars born on this day:

1952: Jimmy Connors (tennis) – American former world number one and winner of eight grand slam singles titles.

1961: Carlos Valderrama (soccer) – former Colombia international.

1965: Lennox Lewis (boxing) – Britain’s former world heavyweight champion.

1966: Olivier Panis (Formula One) – former Toyota driver and Monaco Grand Prix winner.

1977: Frederic Kanoute (soccer) – former Mali, Tottenham and West Ham striker.

1982: Joey Barton (soccer) – Rangers midfielder.

1988:  Javi Martinez (soccer) – Bayern Munich and Spain midfielder/defender.

1989: Alexandre Pato (soccer) – Villarreal and Brazil forward.

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