Former Australian pacer indicates a minor change in Ishant Sharma's bowling technique

Former Australian pacer indicates a minor change in Ishant Sharma’s bowling technique

Ishant ended the Birmingham Test with six wickets.

Jason Gillespie
Jason Gillespie. (Photo by Nick Wood/Getty Images)

Ishant Sharma’s recent performance in the ongoing Test between England and India has been stupendous, to say the least. He picked up the wicket of Adil Rashid in the first innings and then came into his own to notch a five-wicket-haul in the second instance. He finished with jaw-dropping figures of 13-0-51-5 which set the cat amongst the pigeons in the English camp.

He picked up the wicket of Dawid Malan to start his carnage with the leather. Malan nicked the ball into the palms of Ajinkya Rahane in the slip cordon. The 31st over turned out to be equivalent to a nightmare for the Brits as Ishant pinned three batsmen. He accounted for the wicket of wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow and then rocked Ben Stokes with a beautiful outswinger.

His natural delivery comes back into the right-hander

Jos Buttler, who succumbed to Ravichandran Ashwin in the first innings, fell prey to Sharma. The lanky-fast bowler came back to pick up the wicket of Stuart Broad that also broke the ominous looking stand between Sam Curran and Broad. Recently, Jason Gillespie, the former Australian speedster, put forth some minor adjustments Ishant made in his bowling armoury.

“We spoke a lot about a fuller length attacking off stump – batsman’s knee-roll height. He also worked hard on the position of his wrist at the point of release. His natural delivery comes back into the right-hander. He worked on the ball that held its line and got batsmen playing at the ball thinking it was going to come back and hit the stump,” Gillespie was quoted as saying by Sportskeeda.

Prior to the Test series, Ishant played for Sussex in the County Championship under the tutelage of Gillespie. He had an impressive stint as he managed to pick up 15 wickets in four matches with best bowling figures of 7/144. He also bagged eight wickets in six List A matches. After the stupendous performance in the first Test, the 29-year-old would be hoping to replicate his form in the upcoming matches as well.

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