Ishant Sharma is too erratic, says former Indian pacer

Ishant Sharma has represented Indian white jersey in 79 matches and carries 226 wickets to his name.

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Ishant Sharma. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Indian team is all set to take on South Africa for the second Test on 13th January at SuperSport Park, Centurion.  The three-match Test series between two nations shows a scoreline 1-0 in favour of South Africans. The Indian team will look to put the best foot forward and level the series. However, the selection of playing eleven will play a crucial role, which means, skipper and team management have a tough task on their shoulders.

If the sources are to be believed, the Indian team had chosen speedster Ishant Sharma ahead of Bhuveneshwar Kumar for the first Test. However, Ishant Sharma fell ill just before the start of day’s play and Bhuvneshwar’s selection came as a blessing in disguise for team India. Furthermore, the Centurion wicket is expected to generate some extra bounce and ball is expected to skid, making it difficult for the batsman to play.


Ishant is too erratic

The former Indian pacer, Raju Kulkarni who has represented India in three Test matches, 10 one-day Internationals believes Indian pacer Ishant Sharma is too erratic and looks to change is techniques and play with his strategies every time he steps on the field. He also said that the 29-years-old hasn’t been able to play from the front even after having an experience of 79 Test matches.

In a conversation with Republic TV, he said, “He (Ishant Sharma) has played 78 (79) Test matches, to play 78 (79) Test matches for India is amazing. But I don’t think he has ever led from the front and that has been a problem with him.”

“In the last two series, he (Sharma) was acting very stupidly, reacting to the situations worse, and I think every time he comes out with something different and that is not making him very consistent,” he added.

Praised Other Bowlers

Ishant Sharma has represented Indian white jersey in 79 matches and carries 226 wickets to his name. He made his debut against Bangladesh in 2007 and since then, he has been more or less part of the Test setup. In 140 innings he has bowled at a dazzling economy of 3.36.

Kulkarni praised other Indian bowlers who helped India to restrict the opposition for a low score. He said, “Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and all (others) are very talented and they have proved in the last Test match (against South Africa), given a wicket like that they can rip apart any team. The second innings was exceptionally well.”