Before Ishant Sharma made his way to play for Sussex in the County Championship, one regarded him as a fast bowler, who could be handy in conditions in England. However, in only his second match for Sussex. he picked up 5 wickets in his first match against Warwickshire. However, in the second match against Leicestershire, he scored his maiden First-Class fifty. He finished with 66 off 141 balls, coming in at No. 9 to help his side 438-8. Ishant’s previous highest First-Class score before this was 31 not out.