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‘Ishant has been disappointing’

Monday, June 15, 2021
Sai Mohan
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It’s the same sinking feeling that has revisited Indian cricket followers after India crashed out from the World Twenty20 tournament on Sunday night. Criticisms are flying thick and fast and in every direction.


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Irfan Pathan bowled a total of 7 overs in the competition
However, former India fast bowler Javagal Srinath blames the debacle on his fellow fast bowlers failing to rise to the occasion and India’s strategies of using the seamers at the event.
 
“Zaheer was the only seamer who looked up to the mark. The others were disappointing. I expected Ishant to perform better,” Srinath tells cricketnirvana.com from Bengaluru.
 
There’s been a lot of talk about spinners conquering the Twenty20 format but the three leading wicket-takers in the tournament so far have been quickies.
 
When he emerged onto the scene in 2007, Ishant was very quick to draw comparisons with Srinath for his natural in-swinging deliveries and high arm action. Having praised the youngster in the past himself, Srinath is beginning to doubt his performance in the recent past.
 
“He (Ishant) has set such high standards for himself but his performances in the last few months, the tour of New Zealand and the WT20 have been below par. It has been the same trend with his rhythm and it is disturbing from India’s perspective,” Srinath says.
 
Former India seamer Chetan Sharma, who has fond memories of playing in England, was equally critical of Ishant’s performance. “Where is that zip and nip that he was generating less than one year ago? He has a long way to go at the international stage. His bowling is becoming predictable and he doesn’t seem to be in the right frame of mind.”

 
Country-wise break-up of pacers’ performances in ICC World Twenty20 2009

 
Mts
Wkts
Avg
Econ
South Africa
4
20
13.85
6.22
Pakistan
4
15
16.40
7.45
West Indies
4
25
21.16
8.96
Sri Lanka
4
16
21.56
8.21
Ireland
4
15
23.66
7.88
England
4
15
24.66
6.93
India
4
10
28.00
7.85
New Zealand
4
11
32.72
8.05
Netherlands
2
7
38.14
8.34
Bangladesh
2
4
42.50
9.27
Australia
2
5
50.40
9.75
Scotland
2
3
61.33
13.14

Indian pacers in ICC World Twenty20 2009

 
Mts
Wkts
Avg
Econ
RP Singh
1
1
13.00
4.33
Zaheer Khan
4
6
16.16
8.31
Irfan Pathan
3
1
51.00
7.28
Ishant Sharma
4
2
59.50
8.50

Note: All stats updated upto and including Match # 20 (England v India) 
 
Dale Steyn was kept away from ‘dangerous’ formats such as Twenty20 and ODI despite playing more than a dozen Tests for South Africa since 2006. Should India preserve Sharma for Tests before he starts to lose his rhythm?
 
Srinath feels Twenty20 is a very difficult format to succeed in. “If you look in this current WT20 tournament only Lasith Malinga and Wayne Parnell have stood out. Almost all the teams have had problems with their fast bowlers. Sure Umar Gul had a few good games but even the likes of Brett Lee and James Anderson have suffered.”
 
Chetan Sharma argues with the widely written about theory that the IPL had helped India’s young fast bowlers learn a few skills. “Our bowlers aren’t able to bowl yorkers like Lasith Malinga. Why is that? We played so much Twenty20 leading into this event but I haven’t seen a single yorker bowled by Indian bowlers. This team has some serious problems.”
 
“Twenty20 requires young seamers to learn these tricks quickly otherwise oppositions will run away far, far ahead. Every team needs one stock bowler at the death,” Srinath signs off.

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