The absence of India’s most experienced fast bowler, Ishant Sharma, from the four-match test series against Australia proved to be a major topic of discussion. Ishant played a major role in India’s first victory in the Australian test series in 2018-19, and his absence will surely escape India’s strong rhythm attack led by Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.
At a time when India is still considering replacing Ishant for the first test against Australia, which will also mark the first day-night pink ball adventure between the two sides starting on Thursday, former Indian pacer Ajit Agarkar shared thoughts on the weak stimulant.
Agarkar pointed out how former Indian captain MS Dhoni has turned Ishant into a better bowler.
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Ishant, who erupted on stage with a threatening spell against former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting in 2008-09, did not have the ability to take counters in a pile. He was always a banking option, but never the winner of the match. Agarkar explained how Dhoni persisted with him to get the best benefits from the Delhi pacer.
“MS Dhoni, when he was captain, used him as the guy who just did a lot of overs that day and then got a few counters and had his main strike players that he kept spinning,” he said. Agarkar for Sony Sports Network in the first Test.
Ishant could be missing from the Australia test series due to an injury he suffered in the IPL, but Agarkar said the 97-test veteran deserves to maintain his fitness for so long.
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“Fitness is one of the things that has kept him in place throughout his career. Anyone who has played over 90 tests must be in good physical condition. And his bowling started to improve, he started to impress … one of the reasons was because he doesn’t play white ball cricket, he is always much fresher once he enters a series of tests. His bowling doesn’t fall as much when he’s tired. That’s why its lengths are better, “he said.
Umesh Yadav appears to be the first to take third place in the first test in Adelaide. However, he will receive tough competition from Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini.