Ishant Sharma is an example of a drastically improved bowler. If you compare the numbers of his first half and second half of Test career, you will be surprised to see how far he has come. However, since the injury on the New Zealand tour, Ishant hasn’t been his best self. Commentators opined during the England tour and the Kanpur Test that he has lacked rhythm, which negatively affects the pace and the movement you generate.
Being away from the game is the only reason for his poor performance – Paras Mhambrey
India’s new bowling coach has backed Ishant completely, and feels that he just needs to be in the bowling zone more to come back to his original ability of performing. “Ishant hasn’t played much Test cricket for a long time,” Mhambrey said after the team landed in Mumbai. “He hasn’t played the IPL and the World Cup as well. That does make a difference. Yes we are working on it. He has got enough experience under his belt.”
“Obviously it makes a huge difference having him in the dressing room with the experience that he has,” Mhambrey said. “An opportunity for other bowlers to spend some time with him and understand the nuances of fast bowling. He is a great help around. Something which we will work on is his rhythm. We are aware of it. He needs a couple of games under his belt to get that rhythm going. He will be back for sure.”
Paras Mhambrey on next game’s bowling combination
“We will have a look at the wicket, then we will see what combination is right: three spinners and two seamers or two spinners and three seamers,” Mhmabrey said. “Depending on that we will decide the playing XI. But everybody in the group believes whoever is part of the team is good enough to represent the country. And we know that the potential they have in winning the games for us. We will decide the combination on the surface, but whomever plays, we believe, has the ability to win the game for India.”
Umesh Yadav gets praise for his efforts
Kanpur pitch was spinner-friendly, yet, Umesh Yadav’s consistent line and length was something that was worth appreciating. He kept a tight line and built the pressure on the Kiwi batsmen.
“Very happy with the way Umesh bowled, especially in the second innings,” Mhmabrey said. “There was one spell where he troubled Kane and that’s so positive and happy to see it on that kind of surface. He created opportunities for us. Unfortunately, he couldn’t get the wicket. [But] That created opportunities for others to rally around. Very happy to see that on that pitch. A really, really special spell. We wanted someone to put his hand up and say, ‘I will give it my best’. He tried his best even though he didn’t pick the wicket.”