One such tweet that was floating around Twitter – ‘Dear Salman bhai, Ishant Sharma for Bigg Boss wild card entry. Please.’ @LOLendraSingh.
One such tweet that was floating around Twitter – ‘Dear Salman bhai, Ishant Sharma for Bigg Boss wild card entry. Please.’ @LOLendraSingh. India’s fast bowler Ishant Sharma became the butt of all jokes on Twitter on Saturday when the tall and lanky bowler leaked out 30 runs in the 48th over to hand Australia an upperhand in the 3rd ODI at Mohali. And to the amusement of everybody, the selectors picked the same squad for the remaining 4 ODIs, which means Ishant remains in the team.
So what makes Ishant so peculiar besides his long hair? A stat reveals that Ishant who has played 51 Tests and 68 ODIs in his career so far, has an average of 37.99 in the 5-day format and 32.36 in ODIs while his economy rate is close to six in ODIs. As far as strike-rate is concerned, the Delhi pacer picks a wicket every 69 balls in Tests and takes nearly six overs to scalp a victim in the 50-over version.
MS Dhoni really seemed peeved with his bowlers who after the match confessed that his bowlers cannot be spoonfed. So is ‘Captain Cool’ going all-out on Ishant? Whatever those background discussions might have been, as put rightly so by on-air commentator Harsha Bhogle, Indian team do not have a specialist ‘death bowler’.
So if three matches in a row Ishant continues to fail and the likes of Jaidev Unadkat and Mohammad Shami warm the benches, it clearly brings back the memories of 2011 England tour when Dhoni picked the talented Varun Aaron in the team but failed to give him a game when the rest of the bowlers including Ishant were leaking runs.
It clearly indicates that Ishant, even after being a senior member of the team, has failed to live up to his expectations and the heroics of 2007 seem a distant galaxy away. Ishant has cleary become a zero in the eyes of the Indian fans.