The India-Australia Test series is over. All of us have some special memories of the series. Mine- like I am sure it would be for many fans the world over- would be the spell young Ishant Sharma bowled to the Aussie captain Ricky Ponting at Perth.
Statistics can be misleading. He got only 6 wickets in the 3 Tests that he played in Australia recently. There can be no doubt that he was the bowler who seemed most likely to get a wicket at any time.
This spell of hostile fast bowling brings cheer to Indian fans. Mark Nicholas writes in the Telegraph .
“It was the relentlessness that both caught the eye and raised the brow. The sheer clarity of what was taking place will not be forgotten. If Sharma does not go on and on from here, there will be questions asked. The man is a born assassin. The scorecard will inform us that I Sharma took one second-innings wicket in India’s famous 2008 win over Australia at the WACA ground in Fortress Perth. But figures do not tell us everything. An aggressive approach, a braced front leg, a high arm and a strong and well-positioned wrist all combined with mighty heart and mind to breach the opposing captain.”
Adam Gilchrist called Sharma a “lethal” bowler. Very high praise indeed from the great Aussie wicket keeper who has seen many great fast men in his playing career.
Let’s hope too much praise so early in his career does not affect the 19 year old. He has got talent which should be nurtured. In the last Test at Adelaide he reached speeds of 147 km.p .h.
I see in him a clear winner.