India v Australia, 1st Test, Mohali, 5th day October 5, 2010

Ishant's attitude wins hearts

Tests like this, where Ishant Sharma busts his gut for scant rewards, will make him ready for the ones more personally rewarding
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This Test shows just why Ishant Sharma is still a part of the Indian team. And that reason is not his batting - without which VVS Laxman wouldn't have been able to win India this great Test match. It's the attitude he brings, the determination and the temperament that has made him a favourite with the team management, and who can blame them?

Struggling with his knee, Ishant bowled 10 no-balls in his 11 overs in the first innings, going for 71 runs. He went off, took injections for the pain, and came back on the next morning to field for more than a session so that he could bowl in the same innings. He might have been short on confidence, but he was not found wanting on the effort.

In a scathing interview to ESPNcricinfo recently, India's former bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad spoke unflatteringly of some of Indian fast bowlers' attitude. Ishant, though, he couldn't stop praising. "He's somebody who works extremely hard at the nets," Prasad said. "He bowls in the nets at the same intensity with which he would bowl in a match. He has a great work ethic."

Ishant has had reasons to work hard after his success in Australia in 2007-08. Results haven't always been forthcoming, but Ishant has battled away. On the fourth morning, after yet another disappointing first spell, Ishant was ready as ever when called for another. A little slice of luck, the Shane Watson bottom edge, worked wonders for the confidence, and for a brief period he was the same threatening bowler again. He was completing his action better, he was following through better, and he was now looking the batsman in the eye. Three wickets later, his job had been done.

Not quite, as he discovered on the next morning. He came out to join Laxman, with 92 runs required for what looked like an impossible win. For the 106 minutes that followed, Laxman showed confidence in Ishant, who did nothing to suggest that the trust was misplaced. In fact Ishant faced more bowling than Laxman, who would often take singles early in the overs.

They bounced Ishant, they yorked him, they tried to entice him with the flight, but nothing worked. He showed the temperament of a veteran, getting behind the short balls, not minding an odd blow in the shoulder area. The biggest attributes of his effort were how he left outside off, and how he was always awake to possibilities of running hard to manoeuvre the strike.

Laxman was not stingy in praise for his partner-in-rescue. "He had been struggling with the injury," Laxman told ESPNcricinfo. "The last three-four days he has been taking injections on his leg. To come and bowl as well as he did yesterday, and then this innings, was a marvellous effort.

"What impressed me most about him was the temperament. We had little chats in the middle. And when, towards the end, Mitchell Johnson troubled him, he told me he wasn't comfortable facing him. Then only I started to try and face more of Johnson. It was important to have that trust. There was no way I could have done it alone. But I have always had a lot of confidence in Ishant."

When Ishant was finally dismissed, thanks to a heartbreakingly wrong decision considering how much hard work he had put in here, he could not be consoled. He smashed his bat into the ground on his way back, then into his pads, and walked like Inzamam-ul-Haq, if such a thing is possible for a tall, thin fellow.

There will surely be Test matches where he will work half as hard, and walk away with match awards. And Tests like this, where he busts his gut for scant rewards, will make sure he is there to play the Tests more rewarding in nature.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • Lion_of_Lanka on October 9, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    Overrated!!! He performs well in 1 out of 10 matches he plays and that even in India where the conditions are familiar and are supportive. Nehra & Pathan are much better than this joke.

  • on October 7, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    I still have a doubt on Inshant's future in cricket. He's been amongst who make his presence after 5 series..

  • Runster1 on October 7, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Sharma took his revenge!!!! AUSSIES THAT CHEATED IN THE INFAMOUS SYDNEY TEST WERE PUNISHED!! pity symonds wasnt there to watch their defeat. sharma stuck there and said NO to sledging feisty johnson. i do feel sorry for ponting...but the pain that many indians felt after that sydney test cancels out pity feelings. Sharma, u are GUN!!! Go sharma. Go india.

  • bridget01 on October 7, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    The Aussie bowlers really let this one go. How many balls did he face? How many of those were short of a length outside off stump. The Aussie quicks needed to bowl a full length, stump to stump.....yorkers with the odd bouncer aimed straight at Ishants head.....He is a tailender and the Aussies have blown another test match win..... And don't get me started on useless Hauritz....why is he even in the team?????

  • on October 6, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    How about all of us Indians get together and start a petition campaign to force BCCI to adopt the UDRS? The game needs it. BCCI is awash with money - surely they can spend that much.

  • SrikanthReddi on October 6, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    People scold Ishant not because of hatred; They scold him for not using his ability and become a great bowler. People had (have) confidence in Ishant to become a good bowler and server Indian cricket for a long time. But he has lost his rhythm, confidence, line, length..all except few occasional cameos. WE LOVE YOUR HARD WORK, WORK ETHIC TO BECOME A GOOD BOWLER. WE WISH YOU ALL THE BEST TO BECOME THE MAN. You have showed great character to win this match for us. Will not say a single word against for atleast 3 months :)

  • ustad12 on October 6, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    As a Pakistan supporter, and an Indian supporter when Pakistan is not playing, I was very plesanatly surprised with India's win. A win from a nearly hopeless situation is always the greatest performance. What a fighter Ishant is - and such fighting spirit lifts the whole team. Unlike Laxman, Ishant cannot be sure of his place in the national team. The selectors must however give him more chances. As far as Laxman is concerned, we all have known what a complete batsman he has been over the years and what tremendous fighting instinct he has. His performances against the best team (of the last 15 years) speak volumes. Well done, India!

  • on October 6, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    Great question Victor D Cunha, probably u should "Ask Steven" :P

  • on October 6, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    seeing both injured players playing, I was wondering whether there was ever a time when there were runners for both players. Could anyone enlighten me?

  • cricfan65 on October 6, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    A magnificient win for India and for test cricket in general. VVS Laxman has proved once again that there is no substitute for attitude and mental toughness.Well played Ishant ! I have not been a fan of his, but all credit goes to him for his excellent and determined effort with bat and ball. The only disappointing thing about this match was the umpiring. Some of the decisions were ATROCIOUS !! We badly need the UDRS to be applied to all forms of international cricket. Come on BCCI/ICC- you can afford it ! Looking forward to a great 2nd test and ODI series

  • Lion_of_Lanka on October 9, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    Overrated!!! He performs well in 1 out of 10 matches he plays and that even in India where the conditions are familiar and are supportive. Nehra & Pathan are much better than this joke.

  • on October 7, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    I still have a doubt on Inshant's future in cricket. He's been amongst who make his presence after 5 series..

  • Runster1 on October 7, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Sharma took his revenge!!!! AUSSIES THAT CHEATED IN THE INFAMOUS SYDNEY TEST WERE PUNISHED!! pity symonds wasnt there to watch their defeat. sharma stuck there and said NO to sledging feisty johnson. i do feel sorry for ponting...but the pain that many indians felt after that sydney test cancels out pity feelings. Sharma, u are GUN!!! Go sharma. Go india.

  • bridget01 on October 7, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    The Aussie bowlers really let this one go. How many balls did he face? How many of those were short of a length outside off stump. The Aussie quicks needed to bowl a full length, stump to stump.....yorkers with the odd bouncer aimed straight at Ishants head.....He is a tailender and the Aussies have blown another test match win..... And don't get me started on useless Hauritz....why is he even in the team?????

  • on October 6, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    How about all of us Indians get together and start a petition campaign to force BCCI to adopt the UDRS? The game needs it. BCCI is awash with money - surely they can spend that much.

  • SrikanthReddi on October 6, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    People scold Ishant not because of hatred; They scold him for not using his ability and become a great bowler. People had (have) confidence in Ishant to become a good bowler and server Indian cricket for a long time. But he has lost his rhythm, confidence, line, length..all except few occasional cameos. WE LOVE YOUR HARD WORK, WORK ETHIC TO BECOME A GOOD BOWLER. WE WISH YOU ALL THE BEST TO BECOME THE MAN. You have showed great character to win this match for us. Will not say a single word against for atleast 3 months :)

  • ustad12 on October 6, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    As a Pakistan supporter, and an Indian supporter when Pakistan is not playing, I was very plesanatly surprised with India's win. A win from a nearly hopeless situation is always the greatest performance. What a fighter Ishant is - and such fighting spirit lifts the whole team. Unlike Laxman, Ishant cannot be sure of his place in the national team. The selectors must however give him more chances. As far as Laxman is concerned, we all have known what a complete batsman he has been over the years and what tremendous fighting instinct he has. His performances against the best team (of the last 15 years) speak volumes. Well done, India!

  • on October 6, 2010, 19:29 GMT

    Great question Victor D Cunha, probably u should "Ask Steven" :P

  • on October 6, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    seeing both injured players playing, I was wondering whether there was ever a time when there were runners for both players. Could anyone enlighten me?

  • cricfan65 on October 6, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    A magnificient win for India and for test cricket in general. VVS Laxman has proved once again that there is no substitute for attitude and mental toughness.Well played Ishant ! I have not been a fan of his, but all credit goes to him for his excellent and determined effort with bat and ball. The only disappointing thing about this match was the umpiring. Some of the decisions were ATROCIOUS !! We badly need the UDRS to be applied to all forms of international cricket. Come on BCCI/ICC- you can afford it ! Looking forward to a great 2nd test and ODI series

  • ProdigyA on October 6, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    This is the only reason, why i love this guy Ishant. He bowls with a lot of heart, a lot of passion. I have seen some matches where catches were repeatedly being dropped in the slips of his bowling, but everytime a catch would go down, he would not say a word and instead keep bowling with the same intensity, without loosing heart. The only problem with him is that he keeps making the same mistakes which is sometimes very irritating. But when it comes to commitment, many senior players have to learn from him, especially Sehwag, who fields like he is doing a favor to the team.

  • viva_cric on October 6, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    Hi JigneshPatel ! Nice comments.I appreciate. Ishant showed great attitude and commitment.I think this win was whole team effort highlighted by Laxman-Ishant Partnership.Indian govt should honor Laxman with atleast 'Padmasri' as 1'st or 2'nd round sania mirza was honored with it. Laxman changed the attitude of entire indian team in tests with the greatest kolkatha 2001 innings and played many more classics .I guess if Lax played one or two innings against OZ like this, They would definetly honor him . Had Laxman born in england/OZ ,he would have been recognized as one of games gratest player.And I also agree with Nag's comment that dravid and Laxman should be included in ODI especially WC 2011 squad.look at Lax's strike rate in yester day's game.

  • on October 6, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    u batted rlly well sharma........................

  • Razor88 on October 6, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    @manuminnu :: Plz Read the passage properly... Then come up with Your Comments.... Here we are Talkin Only abt Ishant's determination and hard work... Even VP Praised him and told he was the only one who is working hard for his bowling than anyone ... Determination is equally Imp in bowling too... And thats the only reason why he was able to bounce back in the 2nd Inngs... At present we don't have anyother Fast bowler than Ishant.... Sreesanth is way too Controversial and overly hyped that is all.....

  • Jaggadaaku on October 6, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    Lagey raho Ishantbhai. You played better than stupids-Sehwag, Raina, Dravid and Dhoni. India had plenty of time (4 sessions) to make only 216 runs, but these four idiots threw their important wickets for nothing. Zaheer Khan should have share his man of the Match award with Laxman and Ishant, but Zaheer is not Sachin. They both are Maharastrian, but still they both have difference. I remembered soe time back when Sachin got the man of the match award, he announced at the same time that he wanted to share this award with Yuvraj because in that match, Yuvraj also made very good contribution with fast half century. But you both get all winning credits from all of us including all the Indians all over the world. Once again "Lagey raho Ishantbhai". Gandhiji's last words were "Hey Ram", and probably Ponting's last words might be "Hey Laxman".

  • on October 6, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    But are we missing some shortcomings here in wake of this wonderful win. One such prominent example is Suresh Raina. I think he still needs to be a little more mature to play test cricket. Doesn't matter he actually was defeated by a damn good delivery which kept low but before that, he tried a lot to get himself out. Cum on, its simply criminal at this level. You get a life, you need to make the opposition pay for that just like Watson did and that is what people appreciate..not treating it as another T20 where you can keep going for your shots irrespective of the situation. Dhoni, well had a forgettable outing with both bat and gloves and well.. one such off game is sometimes good and we know the temperament of the player that he is a guy who will look to come back strongly. But Raina, needs to be reprimanded strongly for his callus attitude towards the game

  • bluebillion on October 6, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    No praise would be enough for Laxman and Ishant in this test. The MoM award should have gone to Laxman. Zak picked up only numbers 9, 10 and 11 in the 2nd innings - then again - going by what Ishant did at number 10 ... well done Zak!!!

  • naveenacer on October 6, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    India could have been win easily. Ishanth bowled only 20 ovrs, and Laxman not fit in fist innings and also in 2nd innings, Goutham gambhir was given out wrongly as inside edge taken. Ponting under estimate india and laxman as he injured. India could have been score 500 runs in first innings, when played laxman.

  • on October 6, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    He is the Man of the Match. if India had won with 5 wickets in Hand then Zaheer Khan can judged. But Isahnt had come to rescue when 99% have lost the hopes when 8 wickets have 90 odd run to be scored.

  • VEGHA on October 6, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    Really Ishanth has shown immense character and he is always want to perform well.He is willing to learn and high intensity bowler.Sincere and dedication is his approach and he speaks less .

    We must encourage him and selectors must give him enough chance to perform.Yesterday he has shown immense character in batting and he won many votes from cricket fans.Really very top class innings and special mention must be made to VVS Laxman but Ishanth supported him well.Both were injured but they have shown remarkable Character.Now entire world has to admit that India deserves to be No.1 in Tests

  • NagarajaG on October 6, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    The Indian test team has consistently shown charactern, and determination to win that have gone well with their talent and that's why they are at no. 1 rank. Why change this team for the ODIs? I don't think, the batting replacement options viz. Virat Kohli / Rohit Sharma/ Dinesh Karthik can be expected to do any better than Rahul Dravid or VVS Lakshman, especially against quality bowling attack. Yuvraj may be one exeption when he is in form, but there are always one injury or the other and the main players so Dravid, Lakshman and Yuvraj can all be there in the 15 in the ODI squad. Grooming the youngsters can wait till the world cup 2011, after which at least couple of senior players are expected to retire. But, if you have to win the world cup, Indian team should have the ability to face quality bowling attack and Keeping the test team in tact for ODI is the best option.

  • die__hard on October 6, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    BCCI!!!!!! Go for UDRS. When every Indian is willing to have fair play why u bunch of arrogants want to stick with old concepts??????? A man can be right/wrong but we can have far better result when technology is in place. I am not getting the worse word to address u.....

  • bkraks21 on October 6, 2010, 7:42 GMT

    Ishant deserved much more mentione than laxman. It was unbelievable that he was forced to face more than 15 overs in a partnership of 21 overs. That shows laxman is not capable of handling the tail. It has always happended. He takes a single on the first ball or lets the tail ender take a single on the last ball. As a main batsman he should take the maximum strike. This is where Steve Wagh, Gilly etc were good at. And I am not an Aussie fan.

  • bkraks21 on October 6, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    Ishant deserved much more mentione than laxman. It was unbelievable that he was forced to face more than 15 overs in a partnership of 21 overs. That shows laxman is not capable of handling the tail. It has always happended. He takes a single on the first ball or lets the tail ender take a single on the last ball. As a main batsman he should take the maximum strike. This is where Steve Wagh, Gilly etc were good at. And I am not an Aussie fan.

  • bkraks21 on October 6, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    @ indianzen - I bet u r from chennai.

  • on October 6, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    He has shown he had great attitude....... determination.... will... Overall he has a good cricket brain on his head........

  • RanjithShettyJordan on October 6, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    He is just 22 years old.He started playing cricket 5 years back.As per India's former bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad ishant is training hard.Let him grow with all great players and improve and get the expirience.Fit and confident ishant is a deadly weapon for india in future.Please support.

  • on October 6, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    thats why i hate harbajhan ... No sense of purpose and determination to play for the team .. mindless batting takes away credit from all the good bowling

  • biju on October 6, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    This test would have been an easy walk over. I can't understand why Dhoni is still in the team. It is just because of the captaincy. As a player he has zero value in test context. He dropped 3 catches which costed more than 200 runs in the fist innings. India is not winning because of his captaincy but because of players like Sachin, Dravis, Laxman & Zaheer. Also we can not undermine the efforts of youngsters like Sharma. What is Harbajan doing ? I don't see any intensity in his bowling any more. It is time to re look at Dhoni's captanicy. He is more intersted in IPL money that serving the country.

  • Rydham on October 6, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    Some of us has commented that Ishant took the wickets with luck but let me tell you frankly, there is nothing like a luck. If watson has played that poor shot and got himslef out then it is not a luck but credit simply go to Ishant as sometimes you need to do some silly and poor things to take a wicket - all are doing - knowingly and unknowingly. What Ponting has done when Sachin was on 98 in the first inning ? He offered bowling to North and the result is ... Sachin missed his 49th ton. Is this a luck of North ? No, he did such a type of bowling which propelled Sachin to got out. Credit goes to North !! Same is the case of Ishant !!

  • concerned_cricketer on October 6, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    Even before this article came out, I was wondering how Ishant Sharma felt like coming back to bowl on the second day and was admiring his tenacity. Well done Ishant. May cricket gods bless you with 500 wickets and a long career. And fantastic batting effort. Can Gary Kirsten or someone good at facing short pitched bowling please give Ishant a few tips on how to face short pitched bowling. With his height he can probably swat some of the bouncers back at Johnson and co so that they'll think twice before bouncing an injured tail-ender!

  • Narayan.Shastri on October 6, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    Laxman is right. Ishant's support did play a significant part in this win. He should be groomed into becoming another Jason Gillespie. However it is tough to imagine Ishant Sharma try to get a fifty or hundred, like Jason, who scored an unbeaten double hundred for Australia, with the bat. Oh well!

  • Pathiyal on October 6, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    considering the significance of this test, the intensity and the pressure India was going through, it was a very difficult and impossible for anyone (barring the frontline batsmen) to stand up and perform like Ishant did. it was a display of character and attitude. and the best thing is that Ishant not only stood there despite of a typically hostile opposition, but he made it a point to contribute to the score. icing on the cake innings. regarding VVS innings, we all know the stuff he is made up of. considering his unfriendly health condition, this innings could be probably rated by him as the best? think so. congrats India.

  • indianzen on October 6, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    All praises now, but drop him for the next tour.. that is what the selectors can do... I would say Ojha better be replaced by Ashwin and Gambhir by Vijay/Badri. Pujara can replace Dravid, rotation would be a way to train the young folks...

  • Thesurin on October 6, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    hiiiiiiiii all, this is my first comment here and m happy with the blues effort but its very bad to cricticise the player like sachin after just one innings. we should never forget that we are here in the winning position becouse of him indivisualy we all seeing second innings but what about first innings. He played a trmendos innings of 98 and after falling him we know what indians did and there was a great effort of dravid too. i know this might be lax best innings but how can we say sachin or dravid should learn from him. this was fantastic test match and every individual done their part apert Gambhir

  • Aussasinator on October 6, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    India has to seriously get on to a one point agenda - build up a benchstrength of genuine quick bowlers so that they can be rotated and rested. Imagine what a fully fit Ishant would have done to the Aussies with the ball too! This Test only highlights that with just 1 proper genuine quick, India can be unbeatable, with its awesome batting line up.

  • manuminnu on October 6, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    Ishant's atitude was excellent and highly commendable, but his role in the team is as bowler, he has been getting many many chances.. even ahead Sreesanth who is proven Match winner for the team. He need to show his consistancy in bowling... In fact, if he was bowling well in the first inning, this terrible situation wouldn't have arisen..

  • CustomKid on October 6, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    @Minuszero maybe we weren't watching the same game?? His effort was great but lets get a reality check here. He played and missed at a lot, edged some, gloved some through fine leg, but ultimately survived long enough to allow VVS to get the required runs.

    It's a game on millimetres - and mental strenght. McGrath was successful for putting in that corridoor of uncertainty. A batsmans Instincts eventually say that this ball is on off stump and you just have to play it or I get bowled. Give the guy some credit - you don't take 500+ test wickets being a crap player.

    If ishant is that good why don't we get him to open or come in at first drop?? If you have all tha answers and are so good why aren't you out there belting the Aussie attack to all parts of the ground?? Moron.

    As for the Aussie keeper letting 19 get through some of those were impossible to stop they were sprayed so far down leg side.

  • on October 6, 2010, 4:12 GMT

    I really appreciate the way Ishant batted in the 2nd innings, Laxman infamous for not protecting tailenders, however,Ishant has proved that he is not a merely tailender. In this juncture,i would like to recall the innings our great fast bowler Javagal Srinath did for India. In number of innings, he has played this sort of innings,admirable. Wish all the best to Ishant to follow the ways of Javagal Srinath, Mr.Monga a nice way of writing.

  • LRam on October 6, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    To be honest, hated him for not being effective and trailing my gun on him …until this amazing game…… My vote for a permanent seat in the team!...well done buddy.

  • vismorkel on October 6, 2010, 3:14 GMT

    aussies have'nt won a test against india since SYDNEY2008 whereas ind has won 4 out of 7...3 tests were drawn & aus were the ones who dominated 2 of the drawn tests(adelaide& bangalore)..they were well on their way to a victory in mohali untill ishant & laxman stopped them..why has luck desserted them in these test matches...smith was agonisingly close to hitting the stumps but missed it...Aussie dominance for a decade was not luck but the incident which started the dominance was sheer luck,gibbs dropped waugh after he had caught it cleanly,donald was run out aftr klusener had almost won it & the match was tied,worse the ball by fleming was a no ball(UMP FAILED TO SPOT IT,SHOWN BY REPLAYS) & the previous victory helped australia through to finals...in rare instances when aussies were tested during their dominance luck had always helped them...why is it that luck has desserted the aussies recently...Is it the curse of SYDNEY??plz dont take this seriously...just dramatized for fun..njoy.

  • UltimateCricExpert on October 6, 2010, 3:05 GMT

    One simple question to every one here: Can the selectors select Ishant in the future matches/series just because he made a match winning contribution with BAT in this match??? No way!!! His main JOB is to BOWL fast and take wickets consistently. Out of the entire overs he bowled in this match, he bowled well in only 2 overs with great piece of luck (Remember, Watson's dismissal is just his luck). What I expect mainly from him is wickets, any special contribution with bat, I always welcome.

  • Harry0009 on October 6, 2010, 2:56 GMT

    One of the finest test matches every played by India. I did not expect India to win considering they were tottering at 130/8. But kudos to VVS and Ishant to pull it off in such a marvelous manner something that has been the trademark of Australian cricket. Tremendous attitude from Ishant throughout. This is what separates great from the mediocres. I wish him all the best and wish this is the start of a new innings for Ishant.

  • geturdream on October 6, 2010, 2:35 GMT

    This match is going to boost Ishant's confidence. The way he came back with his injury and rattled the Aussie line up is very commendable. Congrats to Dhoni also for showing faith on this youngstar for whom the first innings was nightmare. His deserves lot more credit for taking the responsibility of a batsman when our so called stars threw their wickets. This might be the turning point in Ishant's carrier. Lets not criticize the cricketers when they are not at their best. They need encouragement from all of us to do their best. Well done Ishant and Dhoni ( for keeping faith on Ishant)

  • Divinetouch on October 6, 2010, 2:30 GMT

    Thanks Ishantji for making the victory possible for Bharat Ma.

    Jai Hind,

  • cric-fanatic on October 6, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    tall and handsome guy...with a kid's heart.....but a matured brain....he has done what a tail-ender wouldn't even dream of. you will see 10th and 11th batsman barely saving tests. This guy has won it for India. not once but twice he stood like a rock in front of the Australians who ripped through the so-called strongest batting top order in the world. I wish him good luck and nervously hope that commercial media stays away from him. and lets him concentrate on his career.

  • manasvi_lingam on October 6, 2010, 2:06 GMT

    I believe that Ishant has the capacity to become an excellent lower order batsman and nightwatchman. He has the attitude and defence of a Gillespe.

  • Americana on October 6, 2010, 2:05 GMT

    This is Pathetic. On their own soil, India should have dominated the #4 team.

    Kudos to Aussies for hanging in there despite the result. Young team like Australia will go a long wayyyyyyyy. GO AUSSIES...

  • skumar695 on October 6, 2010, 1:49 GMT

    I still remember the Srilankan tour where Ajantha Mendis tormented the Indian batting in a test series .While the high profile Indian batsmen had no clue on what mendis would send down,Ishant was dancing at the crease elegantly both forward and backward with ease to make Mendis look an ordinary bowler.However,we associate Gambhir with the protagonist's role in decoding the mystery of Mendis.

  • san_ on October 6, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    Lax should be in WC team.... defenetly will feel the diff.

  • MinusZero on October 6, 2010, 0:08 GMT

    Well done by him to leave those tempting balls outside off. How many seasoning batsman still stick their bat out there with a nothing shot and get out. People like Glen McGrath would never have has so many wickets it batsman showed more restraint. Well done to India for the win, i am so happy. The 19 byes conceded by the Australian keeper is a bit of a worry though

  • Saxo on October 5, 2010, 23:01 GMT

    The average India fan's attention span is short - what have you done lately! Of course so are some in the media; remember people wanting Tendulkar to retire 3 years ago?

    Ishant has talent, good work ethic, and the right attitude. He should be a part of the Indian Test team for the next decade. A good bowling coach is a must for any team, particularly for this one which is not overflowing with bowling resources. Why BCCI sacked their bowling coach, is a mystery. I think the Indian board is the 2nd worst, right after Pak's when it comes to professionalism.

  • on October 5, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    Amazing temprament for a guy this young.. Media and Indian cricket fans are quick to jump on conclusions for a player who hasnt performed for a couple of games. Little do they see the effort and stamina going in to each and every game.. Ishant truely is a player who deserves more credit and less criticism!!!

  • S.N.Singh on October 5, 2010, 21:52 GMT

    THIS IS THE MOST EXITING MATCH I HAVE EVRE SEEN. LAXMAN BATTED AS NOTHING HAPPENED TO HIM. IF THIS IS THE CASE HE SHOULD FALL SICK PLAYING CRICKET MORE REGULARLY. I DO WISH TO FALL SICK AS USUAL. THIS WAT I AM TALKING ALL THE TIME AND INDIA BATSMEN INCLUDING SEHWAG,DRAVID AND TENDULKAR SHOULD STUDIY THIS INNINGS THE WAY LAXMAN AND SHARMA PLAYED THE FAST BOWLERS. THEY WERE NOT PUSHING IN FRONT. THEY WERE WAITING FOR THE BALL. THIS IS EXACTALY HOW DHONI IS BATTING. UNFORTUNATULY HE GOT RUN OUT. IT IS A LESSON FOR OTHER PLAYERS. IT WAS ENTERTAINING AND ONE OF THE GREATEST TO LOOK AT, AT 124 F0R 8 AND THEN TO COME BACK AND WIN THE MATCH. IT WAS IN AUSTRALIA HAND AND THEY LET IT OUT. I ALWAYS THINK INSHAN SHARMA WILL DEVELOPE IN TO A GOOD BATSMAN. S.N.SINGH U S A.

  • on October 5, 2010, 21:20 GMT

    One point to people who think that VVS or Ishant should have been the Man of the Match.This match was of such intensity and great performance that a lot of people deserved the MOM. other than ZAK like .1)VVS 2)Ishant 3)M.Johnson 4)Shane Watson 5)Hilfenhaus etc etc. But when you have to choose from one everybody would have different views. I actually thought that Johnson might get the MOM for his excellent bowling but it was Zaheer who kept India in the game from the first day, considering he hardly got any assistance from the other side.Even in the second innings if suppose he would have not bowled due to some reason, India would have had to play to save the match.He is a tremendous swing bowler.

  • gerardpereira20 on October 5, 2010, 20:54 GMT

    For some of us who are old enough to remember the Brabourne Stadium test against the Aussies in 64. This was history repeating it self. Borde and Wicketkeeper Inderjit Singh guided India home with a stubborn eighth wicket partnership. I remember listening to that match on the radio as a kid then just as I sat watching this match on TV today. At no stage did I expect India to win and I sat waiting for the inevitable to happen as India have so many times in the past come close to victory and then thrown it away. India almost never won a close game no matter who they were playing and it was the Aussies who never knew when they were beaten. Well times they are a changing and few can question India's right to be ranked as the worlds number one test playing nation.

  • SVKWebSolution on October 5, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    Ishant will be a great player, specially a great bowler in India. I don't know how many years he'll play but he will be one of the great player in India. I wish he'll help India to win the world cup.

  • SeenuSubbu on October 5, 2010, 20:01 GMT

    The kid so badly needed something like this, and boy, what a way his faith and hard work are rewarded. I hope he heals soon from his injury and plays again. His 15 minutes of bowling spell to Ponting in Perth will be etched forever in my mind, and dude, don't give up, just because the media loves to thrash fallen heroes!

  • on October 5, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    A good article. It's unfortunate that so many indian cricket supports who should read this and learn from it, won't. Cricket-crazy indian fans will call for rocks to be thrown at player's houses, burning effigies if they don't perform, and the next day will crown them with flowers, chants if they perfrom well. No matter how bad a player performs, one should not even think about violent behaviour, they don't even realize how much it hurts a player's confidence. I hope for a world in the future when the Indian public will support their team through bad times and through good times, without taking up the role of selectors.

  • on October 5, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    well after a gentlemanly first test... lets now welcome the maverick Sreesanth.... more energy and teeth against the aussies and hard work for the referee in the offing... I would have loved to see Symonds play this test series... with Bhajji and Sreesanth bowling at him in tandem... now hows that for a contest ?? forget VVS forget Tendulkar forget Hussey... just Ponting and Symonds up against Sreesanth and Bhajji with a vociferous crowd restlessly chanting 'Maaki'... India-Australia rivalry at its best... the Maaki rivalry... !!

  • _NGR on October 5, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Ishant deserved the MoM for 3 reasons : [1] During that 81-run stand, Ishant played 71% of the total deliveries (92 out of 130); [2] Ishant's 3-34 in the 2nd innings included the wickets of Watson, Ponting, Clark; [3] His contribution of 31 of the 81 run stand with Laxman. Of course all this with a bad knee and taking injections.

  • on October 5, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    Who is Ponting more scared off - Laxman or Ishant? LOL!

  • on October 5, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    what an innings they had played.....they complimented each for every shot they played..and look at the temperament of ishant n laxman(as he always hav lot of it).. especially ishant hey man come on...u won a lot of hearts today especially with this special innings...he is a talented bowler as well as he can hang over with the bat too as he nt only showed tdy bt also in SL too..come on boy u rokzz....this is what all about cricket means..especially test cricket means.i loved it a lot... no many words to say abt laxman(he is very very very special to me and all of indians) h didnt get nuch craze lyk dravid or sachin bt the team knows abt him and they show a lot of faith n respect at him,thats wat encourages him everytime.. i want these trio(DRAVID,SACHIN n SPECIAL LAXMAN) to play for another 5years..

  • on October 5, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    he played an outstanding knock...he has been brilliant through the match....really great temperament....i wish he continues these with both bat and ball...great to have a player like him in the team.....

  • on October 5, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    he played an outstanding knock...he has been brilliant through the match....really great temperament....i wish he continues these with both bat and ball...great to have a player like him in the team.....

  • on October 5, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    It's amazing everyone praise vvs but no one thinks that Ishant has done a great job. Ishant faced maximum balls in this inning. Great job Ishant

  • slakkoju on October 5, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    Right from this morning I was looking for someone to write something about this gentleman, thanks Mr. Monga, We love Ishant for his attitude, expect few more in future both with bat and ball. You should be the next role model after Tendulkar, who works hard (for the country) at nets, in domestic and international matches.

  • on October 5, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    Yes I feels its Ishant who has a big role in winning this test match! He is now star for me. even after injury he stayed so long on pitch and saved the match. for V V S we knew that if he is there then always hopes to save the match but what Ishant done in this match that is really at par.... Good luck to Ishant to get well soon and to play with the same spirit in future too..

    Rajesh Agnihotri

  • on October 5, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    facing some of the worlds best bowlers by a tailender n ensuring a win is unbelivable! its history made by ishant ! ! hatsoff ishant .. n hatsoff laxman .. for a patient n encouraging win....

  • on October 5, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    Thanks Mr.Monga for this peace. Ishant truely won our hearts with his efforts

  • Htc-Baseball on October 5, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    every follower of indian cricket owes a lot to ishanth and laxman...It speaks of him even better to hear tat he confessed about his uncomfort on facing johnson....hope he gets his run up rite and gets back his full confidence in bowling.. we ll miss ishanth 4 the next test.Happy to comment on this article ,a well scripted one.

  • addiemanav on October 5, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    sorry VipulPatki,we might still hav to see sreesanth coz ishant is injured!!i truly believe that ishant is in the 11 and a favourite in the team bcoz of his guts and grit..he is surely is one tough cookie!!

  • on October 5, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    really full credit to him yeah his no balls r cos of his new short run ups hope he'd work on it and bet he will i mean since he arrived at the intl arena troubling batsmen in australia he's seen as a gud prospect we just need to nurture him a bit more and he'd be world class and in this match despite injuries he provided us with breakthroughs tht too crucial ones and troubled the batsmen and as a batsmen himself man he showed some temperament .....played well in sri lanka along with mithun where both showed some class in their defense......and now here he really was one big reason too along with the very very special laxman for this gr8 memorable victory against the kangaroos........so hats off to him hope he recovers soon he's seem to be lookin very gud :)

  • sweetspot on October 5, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    Ishant is my Man of the Match! Even Zaheer won't grudge that to him after this amazing show of sheer character. Totally old school temperament and what a treat to watch. We won because of Ishant as much as Laxman - and that is saying a lot! Personally, I love the way India keeps finding more thorns for Aussie flesh.

  • on October 5, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    But all we need is his bowling.Good bowling .He should produce spells like Perth more frequently.And only then India can become the most indisputable No. 1 side in test cricket.Best of luck Ishant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on October 5, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    hmmmmmmm really ... truly said !!! his temperament really won my heart .. the confidence he showed was amazing .. was batting like the wall sometimes !!!

    HAts off to sharma n his temperament which pulled something from the groove .. a test win for india !!!!!!!!

  • on October 5, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    beautiful beautiful article !!! i really appreciate dis 1

  • ram5160 on October 5, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    He batted like Gillespie used to do. Now Aus know what it was like for other teams hoping to mop up the tail. Regarding his bowling i wonder what Eric Simons is doing. The no ball problem should have been spotted in the nets. Prasad had reasonable results with the Indian bowlers. His sacking after the T20 world cup was where it began to go downhill for Ishant and RP.

  • on October 5, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    It's amazing everyone praise vvs but no one thinks that Ishant has done a great job. Ishant faced maximum balls in this inning. Great job Ishant

  • Hindh on October 5, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    Ishant played a vital role in ensuring victory to India and showed the fighting spirit that indians have when they r pushed to the wall. Almost every time India comes up trumps with their backs against the wall....... And ponting and aus winless streak vs india extends to 7 tests.....

  • VipulPatki on October 5, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    Thanks Heavens Ishant performed in this test match! He is definitely my favourite bowler. Another poor test match and we would have had to endure Sreesanth in the playing XI.

  • ajay_01 on October 5, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    GUTSY.. DETERMINED.. SOLID...NERVES OF STEEL... I HAVN'T SEEN no.10 SHOWING THIS MUCH GUTS IN RECENT TIMES. HATS OFF ISHANT THOUGH YOU DISAPPOINTED ME WITH THE BALL.

  • on October 5, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    Excellent Ishant..Proud of you my Man, People like you make the game more interesting..Take care with your knee and get well soon

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  • on October 5, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    Excellent Ishant..Proud of you my Man, People like you make the game more interesting..Take care with your knee and get well soon

  • ajay_01 on October 5, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    GUTSY.. DETERMINED.. SOLID...NERVES OF STEEL... I HAVN'T SEEN no.10 SHOWING THIS MUCH GUTS IN RECENT TIMES. HATS OFF ISHANT THOUGH YOU DISAPPOINTED ME WITH THE BALL.

  • VipulPatki on October 5, 2010, 16:15 GMT

    Thanks Heavens Ishant performed in this test match! He is definitely my favourite bowler. Another poor test match and we would have had to endure Sreesanth in the playing XI.

  • Hindh on October 5, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    Ishant played a vital role in ensuring victory to India and showed the fighting spirit that indians have when they r pushed to the wall. Almost every time India comes up trumps with their backs against the wall....... And ponting and aus winless streak vs india extends to 7 tests.....

  • on October 5, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    It's amazing everyone praise vvs but no one thinks that Ishant has done a great job. Ishant faced maximum balls in this inning. Great job Ishant

  • ram5160 on October 5, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    He batted like Gillespie used to do. Now Aus know what it was like for other teams hoping to mop up the tail. Regarding his bowling i wonder what Eric Simons is doing. The no ball problem should have been spotted in the nets. Prasad had reasonable results with the Indian bowlers. His sacking after the T20 world cup was where it began to go downhill for Ishant and RP.

  • on October 5, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    beautiful beautiful article !!! i really appreciate dis 1

  • on October 5, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    hmmmmmmm really ... truly said !!! his temperament really won my heart .. the confidence he showed was amazing .. was batting like the wall sometimes !!!

    HAts off to sharma n his temperament which pulled something from the groove .. a test win for india !!!!!!!!

  • on October 5, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    But all we need is his bowling.Good bowling .He should produce spells like Perth more frequently.And only then India can become the most indisputable No. 1 side in test cricket.Best of luck Ishant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sweetspot on October 5, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    Ishant is my Man of the Match! Even Zaheer won't grudge that to him after this amazing show of sheer character. Totally old school temperament and what a treat to watch. We won because of Ishant as much as Laxman - and that is saying a lot! Personally, I love the way India keeps finding more thorns for Aussie flesh.