England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 5th day July 22, 2014

'No praise for effort had plan failed' - Ishant

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Ishant Sharma, who has often been criticised for not taking enough wickets despite his experience, has said his labours go unappreciated outside the dressing room. Ishant took 7 for 74 with a bouncer barrage to win the Lord's Test for India, but said that had the wickets not come, people would not have noticed the effort that went into bowling all the short deliveries.

"No one has given me as much in life as cricket has. When I go out on the cricket field, I give all that I have, every time," Ishant told bcci.tv. "Sometimes, I feel like my efforts are never appreciated by people other than my team-mates. Because I got all these wickets, people are praising me. But had I gone for runs, had the plan failed, no one would have appreciated the fact that I was continuously bowling bouncers with an 80-plus overs old ball.

"It has always been like that with me and now I am pretty used to it. I am experienced enough to ensure that I don't get affected by what XYZ is saying about me. I know that my mates have the belief in me and they appreciate what I do for the team. That's enough for me to carry on. I will continue to give myself fully each time I step on the field to play for my country."

Ishant had Moeen Ali fending the last ball before lunch to short leg. After the break, he had Matt Prior, Ben Stokes and Joe Root falling to pull shots, before having Stuart Broad gloving a short ball to the wicketkeeper. Ishant said that coach Duncan Fletcher felt he should bowl more bouncers, and that he had done so under instructions from captain MS Dhoni.

"In my first spell of five overs, the batsmen go beaten quite a few times and the ball moved as well. So I thought the ball would still be reversing, which didn't happen. That's when MS bhai told me that since the ball has become really soft, let's try something new.

"He said let's open up the whole field and bowl only bouncers. This is the last over (before lunch) and you never know what could happen. The plan worked and we decided to continue with it after lunch. We persisted with the old ball because with the new ball the batsman can judge the bounce with ease, while with the old one he cannot gauge the bounce as some might take off and an odd one will keep low. I feel all the wickets I got today should go to MS bhai because he planned them and set the field for them.

"Duncan keeps telling me, 'bowl more bouncers, bowl more bouncers'. But when you go in with a plan, sometimes it works and at times it doesn't. Things happen suddenly. Today I got to learn that if you keep trying persistently with the short-ball ploy on a flat wicket with nothing in it for you, you can get rewards you never expected."

England kept pulling themselves out of the contest but Ishant said with the variable bounce in the surface, they had few options. "The wicket had slowed down considerably over the five days and because of the footmarks there was a lot of variable bounce. It was very difficult for the batsmen to leave the bouncers; they had to play it and they had to go for the pull or hook."

In the 2011 Test at Lord's between the two sides, Ishant had gone wicketless in the first innings before taking four in the second. He said he knew from the experience that wickets could come in a bunch on the ground. "Last time when I picked four wickets at Lord's, I remember I was bowling very well in the first session but didn't get any wickets. When I came back on, I got four wickets in no time. It was on my mind today. I knew that on this ground the wickets come in bulk. So I knew that if I stuck to my ploy patiently, I will get the rewards. I told the same to (Mohammed) Shami and Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) as well, so that they keep the belief and don't give up."

Shami and Bhuvneshwar have played eight Tests each compared to Ishant's 57, and he said that he shared his experiences with them on the ground. "When I am on the field, I talk to the other pacers and mainly share my experience in a similar situation. If you want to pick 20 wickets as a team, it is of paramount importance that the bowlers communicate with each other constantly. I just tell them things like how the wicket generally plays and what the particular batsman generally does. I do try to be the leader on the field because I have played more matches than them. But once we're off it, I am not a senior player because we all are almost of the same age. So, there is a dual aspect to that role."

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  • SudeepSonawane on July 24, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    Some bowlers, like Ishant, need to be told what plans to execute in given conditions. Having said this, most Indian captains tactically struggle to handle four fast/medium bowlers in Tests. Ganguly was the best in handling fast bowlers. Indian cricket is dominated by spinners at all levels from schools to first class, so captains are used to giving long spells to two or three spinners. One needs practice how to use four fast bowlers in Tests. Dhoni hasn't learnt this that is why he is struggling with his fast bowlers. This on seaming pitches is unpardonable. Because he cannot take along all fast bowlers in his plans, he does the obvious school boy captain stuff of turning to Bhuvanesh all the time. I fear the work load Dhoni is thrusting on Bhuvi may break him down midway in this series. Bhuvi is not exactly strong lad.

  • on July 24, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    @TRAM , Very easy to comment on deciding policy and executing it in middle .

  • on July 24, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    he does not need to get carried away by a good performance. if he wants to get his work appreciated, he should maybe try getting more wickets than bragging about one good performance.

  • on July 24, 2014, 2:00 GMT

    @Rahul Gokhale- Ishant will be the bowler who will win us this series and then he should deservedly be in the team for 10 years! I think It's the blessing from haters that has worked for him! Haters like you who knows how to criticise when he fails but forget to praise when he does well even when almost bowls out an entire team in an inning on his own! Pathetic, Don't you think?!

  • on July 23, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    How this guy claims himself to be a spearhead, a leader of an attack comprising Bhuvi and Shami (who are both far more talented, quick learners and have a bowling brain) is beyond me. The only bad thing about winning that game is now we are stuck with this Ishant for another year at least.

  • Naikan on July 23, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Fans have every business commenting on performers at this level - as It is the fan base which Cricket enjoys in India that all these players benefit from. Look at Hockey - one time India's golden sport. No fan base - no game - no star players. Negative comments come forth because the supposed Star player did not fulfill expectations which many people may have had in the past when Ishant burst on to the scene. He got to hold his place in spite of his mediocre returns for last 3 - 4 years at around Avg 45 which places him last amongst all existing or or waiting to be Test bowlers. So taking a swipe at his fan base by making those comments is not welcome. Just shows the guy is too adamant to accept that he has not used his potential abilities and it took a forceful intervention by the captain to get that out of him.

  • on July 23, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    @TRAM-Why don't you try to bowl for India instead of Ishant Sharma? Criticising sitting on an arm chair is too easy than doing the hard work.. You don't care abt his hard work, Why don't you work hard and become a fast bowler and bowl for India if you're so concerned? Why just criticise sitting in front of a computer? Life's too easy, heh?

  • OttawaRocks on July 23, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    Some of the comments on here are ridiculous. The reason why we don't use other bowlers in place of Ishant is because his skill level isn't available to the other bowlers. In short, while other bowlers might have better cricketing brains if they can't execute then they are useless. In a nutshell, no Indian pace bowler is perfect, we just work with the ones who are more likely to produce wickets, even if it comes with a little help from the captain. Ishant's physical capabilities look more akin to that of Jason Gillespie's so that's the kind of potential we work with. With other bowlers its different so we work with their capabilities.

  • TRAM on July 23, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    @Rukky, Do you know the difference between doing 100 meters race in 9.58 seconds and in 10.0 seconds?? It is only 0.42 seconds difference, but do you know about the hard work required to achieve that difference???

    Ask any of the top 100 runners in the world today and 99 of them will tell you they have to take a new birth to reach the 9.58 seconds achieved by Usain Bolt.

    Dont quote simple numbers of Ishant and MMorkel. Learn about how many bowlers are there BETWEEN those two averages of 37 and 30 and what it would take for Ishant to reach MMorkel level.

    Dont mis-guide yourself and the readers please.

  • here2rock on July 23, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    I can't understand all the negativity about Ishant, you need to remember he is still only 24 years old and learning the difficulty art of fast bowling. India does not have a history of genuine fast bowlers, he is the best prospect India ever had as a genuine fast bowler. Kudos to selectors for not dropping him when he was not performing, he could have been India's forgotten fast bowler like many before him. Well done son, keep it going.

  • SudeepSonawane on July 24, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    Some bowlers, like Ishant, need to be told what plans to execute in given conditions. Having said this, most Indian captains tactically struggle to handle four fast/medium bowlers in Tests. Ganguly was the best in handling fast bowlers. Indian cricket is dominated by spinners at all levels from schools to first class, so captains are used to giving long spells to two or three spinners. One needs practice how to use four fast bowlers in Tests. Dhoni hasn't learnt this that is why he is struggling with his fast bowlers. This on seaming pitches is unpardonable. Because he cannot take along all fast bowlers in his plans, he does the obvious school boy captain stuff of turning to Bhuvanesh all the time. I fear the work load Dhoni is thrusting on Bhuvi may break him down midway in this series. Bhuvi is not exactly strong lad.

  • on July 24, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    @TRAM , Very easy to comment on deciding policy and executing it in middle .

  • on July 24, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    he does not need to get carried away by a good performance. if he wants to get his work appreciated, he should maybe try getting more wickets than bragging about one good performance.

  • on July 24, 2014, 2:00 GMT

    @Rahul Gokhale- Ishant will be the bowler who will win us this series and then he should deservedly be in the team for 10 years! I think It's the blessing from haters that has worked for him! Haters like you who knows how to criticise when he fails but forget to praise when he does well even when almost bowls out an entire team in an inning on his own! Pathetic, Don't you think?!

  • on July 23, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    How this guy claims himself to be a spearhead, a leader of an attack comprising Bhuvi and Shami (who are both far more talented, quick learners and have a bowling brain) is beyond me. The only bad thing about winning that game is now we are stuck with this Ishant for another year at least.

  • Naikan on July 23, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Fans have every business commenting on performers at this level - as It is the fan base which Cricket enjoys in India that all these players benefit from. Look at Hockey - one time India's golden sport. No fan base - no game - no star players. Negative comments come forth because the supposed Star player did not fulfill expectations which many people may have had in the past when Ishant burst on to the scene. He got to hold his place in spite of his mediocre returns for last 3 - 4 years at around Avg 45 which places him last amongst all existing or or waiting to be Test bowlers. So taking a swipe at his fan base by making those comments is not welcome. Just shows the guy is too adamant to accept that he has not used his potential abilities and it took a forceful intervention by the captain to get that out of him.

  • on July 23, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    @TRAM-Why don't you try to bowl for India instead of Ishant Sharma? Criticising sitting on an arm chair is too easy than doing the hard work.. You don't care abt his hard work, Why don't you work hard and become a fast bowler and bowl for India if you're so concerned? Why just criticise sitting in front of a computer? Life's too easy, heh?

  • OttawaRocks on July 23, 2014, 5:30 GMT

    Some of the comments on here are ridiculous. The reason why we don't use other bowlers in place of Ishant is because his skill level isn't available to the other bowlers. In short, while other bowlers might have better cricketing brains if they can't execute then they are useless. In a nutshell, no Indian pace bowler is perfect, we just work with the ones who are more likely to produce wickets, even if it comes with a little help from the captain. Ishant's physical capabilities look more akin to that of Jason Gillespie's so that's the kind of potential we work with. With other bowlers its different so we work with their capabilities.

  • TRAM on July 23, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    @Rukky, Do you know the difference between doing 100 meters race in 9.58 seconds and in 10.0 seconds?? It is only 0.42 seconds difference, but do you know about the hard work required to achieve that difference???

    Ask any of the top 100 runners in the world today and 99 of them will tell you they have to take a new birth to reach the 9.58 seconds achieved by Usain Bolt.

    Dont quote simple numbers of Ishant and MMorkel. Learn about how many bowlers are there BETWEEN those two averages of 37 and 30 and what it would take for Ishant to reach MMorkel level.

    Dont mis-guide yourself and the readers please.

  • here2rock on July 23, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    I can't understand all the negativity about Ishant, you need to remember he is still only 24 years old and learning the difficulty art of fast bowling. India does not have a history of genuine fast bowlers, he is the best prospect India ever had as a genuine fast bowler. Kudos to selectors for not dropping him when he was not performing, he could have been India's forgotten fast bowler like many before him. Well done son, keep it going.

  • namakkalsekar on July 23, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    Congrats, Ishant! You perform your best when you are focused and when you plan every ball. Pl. develop an aggressive behavior while bowling remaining at the same time cool inside and well focused. Discuss with your captain at every stage. We are with you always. We wish you all the very best.

  • TRAM on July 23, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    Ishant, You talk about your EFFORTS and appreciation for your efforts. I dont care a bit about your hard work. Because every player at this level works hard. And most are not even given chances. But I care about India's success, which means you get WICKETS. Can you get wickets? What have you done to improve your wicket taking abilities? What are your varieties in bowling? Do you have any bowling plan at all for each batsman?? Can you bowl slower ones as efficient as Mohit Sharma? Can you reverse swing as well as Zaheer Khan? Can you swing the ball AND pitch it in the right spot as well as Bhuvaneshwar Kumar? Do you have sheer pace to threaten the batsmen? Can you bowl yorkers at will? Even the bouncer plan in this test match had to come from the management. What did YOU do to get wickets????? We want the INDIA bowler to take WICKETS. Do you???

  • here2rock on July 23, 2014, 0:11 GMT

    He seems fitter and stronger than I have seen him in the past. It is the pre-series workouts in 40 degree heat paying dividends. Ishant extracted more bounce than other bowler at Lords, maybe it is time for India to pick another workhorse seamer in the side and use Ishant as an impact player like Mitchell Johnson in short and sharp bursts of 4-5 overs bowling at the throat of the batsmen. I know he is not as quick as Mitchell Johnson but he is taller and capable of getting steep bounce.

  • Divinetouch on July 22, 2014, 23:37 GMT

    Ishantji, never mind the naysayers, most of them may not know the game much less to play it. It is their negative mindset that they give vent to and they will remain that way no matter what you do.

    It is commendable for any quick bowler from India to do well outside of home since the wickets in India are generally unfriendly to such bowlers to practice the art and hone their skills.

    Continue your efforts to do well for BharatMa and BHAGAVAN will reward you.

  • satchander on July 22, 2014, 22:29 GMT

    Ishant - you would have been appreciated by the public if you had got the right results and by right results we mean not bowling unchanged for say 20 overs in a match or working in the nets for 12 hours a day. By results we mean WICKETS and that is something you have not produced regularly enough during your 57 Test matches. It is only in the last couple of series NZ and Eng that you have taken successive 5 wicket hauls. That is a very poor record for an International bowler like you. So if you wanted to be loved by the public, please take such 5 wicket hauls on a more consistent basis.

  • on July 22, 2014, 21:07 GMT

    Remember this is the same bowler who Faulkner smacked 30 in one over in Indian conditions ha ha

  • XiTiZ_P on July 22, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/548557.html

    Here's the article I was talking about (2.5 years old).

  • XiTiZ_P on July 22, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    @Nish_US: Completely Agree.

    Around 1.5-2 years ago there was an article on unlucky Ishant by Sanjay Manjrekar if I remember correctly. He had made the same point - Can't expect results by mindless bowling efforts.

  • YoBro on July 22, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    Doesn't matter how many 5-fors, or 6-fors he has taken recently. Even with all of that, his bowling average (37+) and SR (66) are a shame for any international fast bowler. Especially one who's played close to 60 Tests! Compare that to the great Malcolm Marshall (avg 21, SR 47). There's still no justification for his place in an international side.

  • McGorium on July 22, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    @KeepitHonest: While I agree that England weren't using their brains in the post-lunch session, I don't understand the "purist" comment. Why is nick to first slip the only "pure" way of getting a batsman out? In any case, nick to slips or keeper requires some help from the batsman. The covers are typically left open, inducing the cover drive or square drive. The batsman sees a run-scoring opportunity and goes for it. In most cases, the commentators say "he should have left that one alone". In the Lords' match, the commentators said the same thing: England should have left the bouncers alone, and let Ishant tire himself. Like the cover-drive case, England saw a run-scoring opportunity before the new ball, but were not good enough to keep the ball along the ground. Wasn't this how Mitchell Johnson got most of the wickets that earned him so much praise? Shammi tried the short stuff too, and it didn't work for him, so clearly Sharma did put more back into it (and his height helps).

  • DevilsCricket on July 22, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    Welcome to the tough world, Ishant. Recognition will follow with few more performances like this, don't worry. Always had the talent and hardwork, some fine tuning both mentally and technique wise is all that is required to become a good strike bowler.

  • on July 22, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    Ishant is lucky that at least team mates recognize his efforts. In other fields , even team mates criticize if results are not forthcoming.

  • KeepitHonest on July 22, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    I don't think the purists among Indian cricket fans are quite going gaga over the Lords victory. It's clear a fortuitous sequence of misjudgements by English batsmen handed us the win. It wasn't a Dale Steyn effort where the bat was beaten. England could have just as easily put their heads down and worked out a win after lunch. As many have said, it's a gamble that paid off. Fact is the Indian bowling combination still cannot be counted on taking 20 wickets in a test match. That is got to have Dhoni worried.

  • Nish_US on July 22, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    -- continued

    If you take (ii) then it will save all of us IND cricket fans the heartbreak and disappointment that you cause time and again, after such a illustrious performance time and again. I hope that you take (i), but wish you chose (ii). If you can understand what I mean.

  • Nish_US on July 22, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    .continued Now if you take (i), you will need to constantly analyze your game, what worked for you, what did not, against who and make some plans for different players the way they play, their strengths and weaknesses. Thats the way the game is played at least for the last decade or so. If not for all this technology and support units, Tendulkars and Dravids may have scored twice the number of runs. Even such gifted and hardworking players had to constantly re-invent themselves, curb their natural instincts, stop playing some of their favorite shots etc, as the game is constantly evolving, people figure you out and they come with a plan to play you better next time.

    Job is not done. Be happy that you still have a chance to play at the top, even after such horrendous career. If you think the short ball will work all the time for you, then you learnt nothing and will not be successful. If you cannot think for yourself and constantly need a BHAI or BAAP to tell you what to bowl, god help

  • Nish_US on July 22, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    Ishant, the sooner your realize everything in the world is results oriented. No one cares if are bowling 6 hours in nets 6 days a week or if you are putting your 100% energy and effort with every ball you bowl. As a TEST bowler, wickets are your key to success. If you are not getting them in-spite of your best efforts, two things to consider (i) You are putting your efforts in the wrong direction - find better ways to channel your energy, learn the mental aspect of the game (ii) you do not have it to play at this level - its your sheer luck that got you this far. continued...

  • Nish_US on July 22, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    How did he become an international cricketer, having not already gone through all that. There is also something called brain, other than height that he needs to use. Zaheer got wickets not because he is 6'4" or 150+ bowler, he uses his brain.Same with Bhuvi, within your limitations you have to setup the batsman. Change your tactics, try different things when your stock ball does not fetch you wickets..

    So what did he think.. he can just grow hair, bend his back and hit the deck with no plan, and wickets would just fall, because he is putting effort? Bowling without a plan is like shooting in the dark, yah some times you may hit the target.

    Really silly that an international cricketer is complaining of such silly things that are quite obviously fall under common sense. So everyone else outthere, do you think your boss or CEOs just got there just by hardwork. No, they plan it, change it as needed, try new things, take risks - If it is just hardwork, all Phds should be the richest/

  • MSU_BULLDOG on July 22, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    Congratulations to Ishant for executing the plan and getting India a rare win outside the subcontinent. However, other than the ball that got Moeen I don't think the other bouncers were wicket taking balls. They just played poor shots. What I am worried about is the thought that he may have given England the recipe for success and will we have to face a barrage of "real bouncers"?

  • Naikan on July 22, 2014, 13:20 GMT

    @Ruky / aby, try looking at the whole picture. Number of wickets in Career match with Morkel? Did you compare the cost? Morne does it Avg 30 and Ishant has done it at 38. In fact He averages 39 on "fast bowling wickets". To be fair- Ishant was looked up to as a hero when he started his career. It is his last 3 years performance that has rankled people. He averages 45 Runs a wicket during this period. Even that may not have a problem - if it weren't for the fact that there a large number of bowlers waiting to get a break in spite of their good performances at the first class level. Clearly he has the ability and potential- - - physically-- but then Cricket is more than a purely physical game. He will find greater acceptance with fans if he manages to translate that potential to results more often by using better tactics.

  • Naikan on July 22, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    If he were the only purveyor of bowling, then one could probably sympathise with him. Does he realise that he is being paid pretty well to play for a nation that has 1 billion+ people where one could easily find a million people good enough to play club cricket? Many a poorer man leads a life of penury, in spite of all the great effort they put to lead a better life and many amongst them a wanna be cricketer who have spent their lives grinding away to rise into contention at a higher level. Thus he should just thank his fortune that he has been accorded the opportunity to play at the highest level for so many years almost unhindered by his usually poor results. If he wants to make a statement let him do so with the ball more often like he did here and preferably before his captain is forced to ask him to put some thought behind his tactics. For the time being he deserves accolades for yesterday and he should just learn to soak in it.

  • on July 22, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    How many fast bowlers have played 55 tests by age 25 despite lack of consistency in performance.ishant has been retained over the years despite lack luster performances after stunning debut .In my view the real test will be to see what he delivers in the next 3 tests. He should follow Bhuvi's example and maintain silence and let his deeds speak.

  • pratit on July 22, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Well, that is how it is in life. Just ask Virendar Sehwag. If you take risks, you either emerge a hero or zero. However, the fact that Dhoni had to force Ishant to bowl short by setting such fields does not reflect very well on Ishant, a veteran of 56 tests. Hopefully, he learns from this exercise and slips in short fast balls targeting the ribcage intermittently under normal test fields( of course with a short leg in place). The plan yesterday of setting such fields and bowling a continuous barrage of short balls( and we are not talking of Mitchell Johnson) was so obvious, that I still can't believe England imploded like that.

  • naren1983 on July 22, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    Its important for the fast bowlers to bowl according to the condition of the wicket. If plans are not working, its always better to try the other plan. Bowling bouncers is a very good option, because we don't know what would happen suddenly, we get a wicket or two and put more pressure on the opposition like Steyn did it when India toured SA recently. Very pleasing to see Ishant does it for India. Its great opportunity to create a bowler like Johnson who tormented England in the recent Ashes. If India follows the same form, England will not recover back easily. Great Opportunity to win a series.

  • vatsap on July 22, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    Ishant is a class act. Like someone has pointed out, his numbers compare to that of Morkel who bowls on friendly wickets and with Steyn on the other side.

    The problem is, Ishant is more suited for tests than the short form of game. He along with his Captain should take the call so that his focus is more on Test. There is no point bending his back in the flat subcontinent tracks in meaningless ODI's and T20s.

    BCCI should also have a plan for the bowlers like Ishant who will be test specialists, on the lines of specialists batsmen like Pujara who play only tests.

    He is still only 25, encourage him

  • hkiran1 on July 22, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    What else he has done or not done, he takes big wickets. Just see the names of players like Ponting, Cook, Clark, Bell etc.

  • CricketChat on July 22, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    The overall criticism against Ishant is that he does not take enough wkts to justify the faith posed in him by his captain or whoever. He also goes for plenty of runs. Yes, if this bouncer or any other plan would be criticized by fans if it doesn't work. At the end of the day, a bowler needs to take wkts to justify his place in the team, which Ishant consistantly failed to do before Lords test.

  • aby_97 on July 22, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    @Rukky Bang on target there.One of the most valuable point put up there.

  • on July 22, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    Hope he continues to get wickets this consistently.

  • ChuckyDoll on July 22, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    I hear this repeatedly from Indian players: "I don't care what people say outside dressing room". To me, this is utterly disrespectful and shows a culture of arrogance. Do they play for BCCI or the people ? Such statements ridicule the fan base which incidentally happens to be the paying population! I'm happy for Ishant Sharma that he got 7 wickets but it could have easily gone the other way. Let's hope that Ishant (and India) does not rest on the Lord's success and have new strategy for the next tests. Dhoni gambled at Lords and he won. Good for him. However, you cannot win everyday gambling.

  • Rukky on July 22, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    Well, i would like to drag the attention of many cricket followers here. Have you ever compare one of the great of SA, Morne Morkel with Ishant Sharma? No. i am sure of this. after playing 57 tests by both the players: Ishat wkt - 174, Morkel - 196, ishant avg - 37, Morkel-30, Ishant strk-66, Morkel - 56. Ishant 5wkt - 6 times, morkel - 6 times, ishant 10 wkt - 1 time, morkel - 0. I mean to say not so much difference. Specially Morkel playing almost in suitable pitches to his bowling. And ishant many matches in indian dried and dead pitches.Then why? why always Ishant being hammered by many players.

  • on July 22, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    Ishant Sharma is making history with this tournament and our kids are going to look up to him when he retires the way i look up to A.Kumble, V.Prasad and J.Srinath with their facts and figures. Way to go Good luck for the rest of the tournament.

  • on July 22, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    3rd test match squad gotham,viji,pujara,kohili,rahane,msd,binny,jadeja,bhuvi,shami,ishanth plz give the bowling for binny

  • concerned_cricketer on July 22, 2014, 10:06 GMT

    Ishant, you have done enough in your career for Indian fast bowling. Just think that anything more you do is a bonus.

    Nobody can take away all those good performances you have put in. Nobody can delete history. So you must ignore and forget about the times that it didn't work out. Just what you did in 2008 in Aus, Championship trophy last year, all the near misses all thee years and now this 7 for 74 in Lords are enough.

  • memoriesofthepast on July 22, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    6feet 4 inch tall Ishant had the experience of playing in 56 test matches before yesterday test at Lords. This is his second trip to Eng and has made trips to Aus and SA where fast bowlers have a chance and short ball is always a good weapon to destroy the batsman. Knowing all this, it looks very bad that Dhoni had to guide Ishant to deliver short ball or Dhoni had to setup a field forcing Ishant to deliver a short ball-Ishant should have thought of this using his own bowling brain and told Dhoni to set field as per his own thinking. I will give credit to captain Dhoni only for yesterday's win and for 7 wickets to Ishant. India will never benefit with bowlers who cannot think on their own even after playing 50+ tests on how to dismiss the batsman. Sack Ishant.

  • MaheshVenkat on July 22, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    @AnyoneButVettel - I think your view about short balls is unfair (expectations) towards Ishant. All fast bowlers get their share of wickets this way - right from the great west indies to australia bowlers with 3 men in the deep. Even in the SA vs SL match in Galle, Steyn got a wicket with this. I agree another day, another result but it happens all the time and the losing team feels that this was a bit of luck against them.

  • class9ryan on July 22, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    This is the nature of the game, he isn't the only one who has gone through all this. Good thing is he can still stitch in a good career. Bob Willis did it, Ishant too can.

  • Go_F.Alonso on July 22, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Despite all the hype about the short ball, Prior and Root connected them pretty well, just couldn't keep them down. On another day, had they managed to avoid the fielders in the deep, this match could have had a completely different ending. Stokes played the most stupid shot in the circumstances ... time for Jordan/Woakes. I also think it's time for Compton/Carberry to come back in for Robson. As for Ishant, wickets are wickets no matter how they come but if he was to become a real threat, he should focus on aiming for the rib cage and getting batsmen to hop around ala Moeen rather than having them connect pretty well and hoping for it to end up in the vicinity of a fielder.

  • fairfan70 on July 22, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Inspite of his success yesterday, Ishant is NOT a smart bowler. He does not read the batsman or the situation well and continues in his own methods. I don't see him developing as a better bowler. He will hold his place until Dhoni is in charge of the team or another tall fast bowler (like Pankaj Singh) gets a break and establishes himself in the team. As for Dhoni I don't see him in the Indian test or ODI team beyond 2015. However he can continue playing T20 beyond that.

  • on July 22, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    Well done Ishant ---- maybe today's performance is your answer on why fans are so frustrated with you. I think we fans in general accept that there is great talent and potential and we expect these kind of performances more often. But great to see that despite of all the criticism you've continued your best efforts and I hope that this is just the spark you needed to light up your career. May you get delivery many more such performances......cheers!!!

  • TheOldAnalyst on July 22, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    Ishant, if you can get that wrist position in top shape, mark my words, you will be an amazing bowler..When you showed that on rare occasions, you were amazing..I still remember that IPL spell against Kerala Tuskers..You don't need even the bouncers if you get the wrist right. thats it..

  • here2rock on July 22, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    Whatever you did keep it going son! We all appreciate when you run in hard trying to do your best, just keep mixing them up. My only criticism watching you bowl was that you bowl 100% short when it started to work for you, it would have have been nice if you knocked the stumps down every now and then with a sand shoe crusher, well next time.

  • on July 22, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    The criticism for Ishant is justified. A bowler gifted with his height and opportunities should be performing more consistently. No one has ever grudged him praise for his effort but results are also important. For the most part of his career his problem was the high % of hit me ball he has bowled which is why he has a 35+ bowling average whereas good bowlers are closer to 25 and great bowlers closer to 20. So if he wants to be great then he has to improve.

  • NP_NY on July 22, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    Well done Ishant. We are proud of you....for now. But hopefully you and Dhoni don't try this approach all the time (even against England in this series) as it is bound to fail more often than succeed. Nothing wrong with bowling bouncers but it is usually only effective when mixed up with full length deliveries, slower balls, etc..

  • Dielo on July 22, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    Well Ishant, that's basically how the cookie crumbles in sports. Do well and your fans applaud, fail miserable and they go into hiding while the jokesters take over. Glad to see your career hasn't gone off the tracks after the legacy of internet jokes you have inspired. Hope to see more Man-of-the-match type performances in your future.

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  • Dielo on July 22, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    Well Ishant, that's basically how the cookie crumbles in sports. Do well and your fans applaud, fail miserable and they go into hiding while the jokesters take over. Glad to see your career hasn't gone off the tracks after the legacy of internet jokes you have inspired. Hope to see more Man-of-the-match type performances in your future.

  • NP_NY on July 22, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    Well done Ishant. We are proud of you....for now. But hopefully you and Dhoni don't try this approach all the time (even against England in this series) as it is bound to fail more often than succeed. Nothing wrong with bowling bouncers but it is usually only effective when mixed up with full length deliveries, slower balls, etc..

  • on July 22, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    The criticism for Ishant is justified. A bowler gifted with his height and opportunities should be performing more consistently. No one has ever grudged him praise for his effort but results are also important. For the most part of his career his problem was the high % of hit me ball he has bowled which is why he has a 35+ bowling average whereas good bowlers are closer to 25 and great bowlers closer to 20. So if he wants to be great then he has to improve.

  • here2rock on July 22, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    Whatever you did keep it going son! We all appreciate when you run in hard trying to do your best, just keep mixing them up. My only criticism watching you bowl was that you bowl 100% short when it started to work for you, it would have have been nice if you knocked the stumps down every now and then with a sand shoe crusher, well next time.

  • TheOldAnalyst on July 22, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    Ishant, if you can get that wrist position in top shape, mark my words, you will be an amazing bowler..When you showed that on rare occasions, you were amazing..I still remember that IPL spell against Kerala Tuskers..You don't need even the bouncers if you get the wrist right. thats it..

  • on July 22, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    Well done Ishant ---- maybe today's performance is your answer on why fans are so frustrated with you. I think we fans in general accept that there is great talent and potential and we expect these kind of performances more often. But great to see that despite of all the criticism you've continued your best efforts and I hope that this is just the spark you needed to light up your career. May you get delivery many more such performances......cheers!!!

  • fairfan70 on July 22, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    Inspite of his success yesterday, Ishant is NOT a smart bowler. He does not read the batsman or the situation well and continues in his own methods. I don't see him developing as a better bowler. He will hold his place until Dhoni is in charge of the team or another tall fast bowler (like Pankaj Singh) gets a break and establishes himself in the team. As for Dhoni I don't see him in the Indian test or ODI team beyond 2015. However he can continue playing T20 beyond that.

  • Go_F.Alonso on July 22, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Despite all the hype about the short ball, Prior and Root connected them pretty well, just couldn't keep them down. On another day, had they managed to avoid the fielders in the deep, this match could have had a completely different ending. Stokes played the most stupid shot in the circumstances ... time for Jordan/Woakes. I also think it's time for Compton/Carberry to come back in for Robson. As for Ishant, wickets are wickets no matter how they come but if he was to become a real threat, he should focus on aiming for the rib cage and getting batsmen to hop around ala Moeen rather than having them connect pretty well and hoping for it to end up in the vicinity of a fielder.

  • class9ryan on July 22, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    This is the nature of the game, he isn't the only one who has gone through all this. Good thing is he can still stitch in a good career. Bob Willis did it, Ishant too can.

  • MaheshVenkat on July 22, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    @AnyoneButVettel - I think your view about short balls is unfair (expectations) towards Ishant. All fast bowlers get their share of wickets this way - right from the great west indies to australia bowlers with 3 men in the deep. Even in the SA vs SL match in Galle, Steyn got a wicket with this. I agree another day, another result but it happens all the time and the losing team feels that this was a bit of luck against them.