A couple of days ago, Ishant Sharma made the headlines again by whipping out an absolute belter of a knuckle-ball that got the better of Vijay Shankar. In fact such was the might of the delivery that even Dale Steyn went on to tweet about the same. This is the kind of magic that you would usually expect from a man of Ishant’s stature.
This is not the first time however, that he has produced a string of such wonderful rippers where batters would be stunned and would end up being knocked off their feet. His rivalries against Rickey Ponting and Steve Smith are well known. As Jaydev Unadkat is injured, here are three reasons why Ishant Sharma should be his replacement in the Indian cricket team for WTC final in Oval.
#1 England Pitches Are Tailor-Made For Ishant Sharma’s Strengths
Ishant Sharma is a decent swinger of the ball and that allows him the leeway of producing the rip-roaring movement on English tracks that would often find batters in trouble. The more the swing, the dangerous he becomes. Hence when you are travelling to England and for a man who is in such imperious form, is that even a question that why he should be playing?
#2 Ishant Sharma Is An Experienced Campaigner
The lanky fast bowler, Ishant Sharma can storm in head on and is very well acclimatized to the conditions of the English tracks. Ideally, alongside the likes of Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami, India will need someone who can hit the good length area pretty often and that is exactly Ishant’s wheelhouse.
#3 Has A Knack Of Producing All Sorts Of Nasty Deliveries
Towering at 6’5, Ishant Sharma can produce all those nasty bouncers and sweeping those batters off their feet, toe-crushers. Maybe they won’t be producing the wicket but we all know that how these aberrations from regular line and lengths bowled by the fast bowlers can be a game-changer for anyone in the world of Test cricket.