Zee Media Bureau/Manushree Chaumal
New Delhi: Ishant Sharma was a shadow of his past self in the first two matches of the series between India and Australia. His line and length were not up to the mark and on top of it he even failed to swing the ball.
The lanky speedster has failed to impress with the ball, so far in the series. In the one-off T20, he leaked 52 runs in his four over quota without picking any wickets. Then in the first ODI, he conceded 56 runs in 7 overs and remained wicket-less once again. In fact, his disastrous bowling compelled commentator Wasim Akram to say that Sharma needs to get better at bowling yorkers. Akram used to coach Sharma in the IPL-franchise KKR.
Now, the only ray of hope for Ishant is that he still has the backing of his skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who did not lose confidence in him and was brave enough to give him the last over in the ODI. His team mates are also supportive. Virat Kohli was quoted saying that a player of Ishant Sharma’s calibre cannot be written off simply on basis of the performance in last two matches.
Sharma now has to regain his form and prove his critics wrong in the next two matches before either Dhoni or the selectors lose confidence in him. He needs to pull up his socks, before being shown the door by the selectors.