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  • POSTED BY Chak-De-India-Deux on | April 18, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    So close yet so far........collective sigh of Indian fans!!

  • POSTED BY SaifS on | April 17, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    If Ishant cannot ball 145 plus every delivery in an over. Over after over with the seem reasonably upright, he doesn't deserve a place in the side. With the limited amount of talent he has, this is the minimum he should strive for.

  • POSTED BY Sultan2007 on | April 17, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    If the seam stays scrambled, Ishant doesnt have the pace to make a difference. It is a straightforward situation. Why cant he get this message?

  • POSTED BY santhoo24 on | April 16, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    It's really unfortunate. Ishant Sharma should have "retired" from ODI and T20s, and the selectors would have dropped him in tests anyways, and us Indians and Indian cricket would've been saved from the misfortune that is Ishant. Oh well, we can get only so much, as the very thought of I Sharma gone for good.

  • POSTED BY on | April 15, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    Ishant got a height over 6' and never seen him using to his advantage???? he should be bouncing the ball over the batsman head. he goes into slums too often and I don't see any muscles on this boy???? If he quits no problems there are plenty of bowlers out there waiting for the chance... good luck india cricket.

  • POSTED BY datewithdestiny on | April 15, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    Gets dropped from T20 and wants to quit ODIs. This is exactly the kind of intelligent decision making that has allowed India to uncover a gem who takes great decisions in crunch situations.

  • POSTED BY on | April 15, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Theres the word that we dont like to see " Nearly " .... Quit already...

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | April 15, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    "I don't set personal goals for myself. Because in doing so you end up putting pressure on yourself."

    Little wonder he doesn't improve! There can be no improvement and growth without goal setting!

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | April 15, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    If Ishant quits ODIs and T20s, it would do India a lot of good. It would force the Indian selectors to hunt for fresh talent!

  • POSTED BY jinxed1184 on | April 14, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    And What bounce are you talking about, nice half volleys which sit up so nicely and ready to be smacked wherever you wish them to be sent. That one spell has allowed him to play test cricket for 5 years without doing anything of note.

    Shami, Bhuvi are preferred over him and rightly so. Ishant has never worked on the mistakes which are there in his bowling. A lot of people have highlighted them. Poor wrist action and poor line length. Regarding bounce, he is no Morne Morkel. Neither he has the pace nor he puts the ball in right place nor he can move the ball.

    Why do we need him in his current version??

  • POSTED BY jinxed1184 on | April 14, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    @ sheru-sher

    Did you check his bowling performances before voicing out the the comment that Ishant looks bad because of Indian pitches??

    In tests, his average and Strike rate while playing in India are better than his overall numbers. His record in Australia, England, SA, Sri Lanka is pathetic to say the least. By your logic Ishant should have done much better outside India but sadly he has not. I am not saying that he has done good in India, its still pathetic but outside India he has been even more pathetic.

    So how did you get the idea that it is because of Indian pitches Ishu is struggling. He is a complete liability and should have called off his career and not just in ODIs.

    For any doubts check his statsguru career summary. You can off-course look in more detail if you want to.

  • POSTED BY MohammedSajid on | April 14, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    Sharma has to quit for ODI and T20, Concentrate on Test Matches he is a good bowler in test Matches any comments............

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 14, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    That's fine if he quits. It's a gain for Indian cricket anyways.

  • POSTED BY on | April 14, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    One of the best bowlers for the team, other than India.....HAHAHAHA

  • POSTED BY guptahitesh4u on | April 14, 2014, 10:54 GMT

    Don't do anything "nearly"...do it perfectly

  • POSTED BY dganger on | April 14, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    I will be extremely glad if he stays out of Indian team, He has been absolutely pathetic over last few years playing for India. With no brains, no thought process, erratic pace, line and length i think he is better off playing Ranji and IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | April 14, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    Come on Ishant focus. Don't give up from your thoughts of giving up ODI. Save us Plzz..

  • POSTED BY Johnny_129 on | April 14, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    Watching Ishant bowl at a pedestrian pace and that too with poor wrist position is an extremely sad sight! I have noticed that Ishant is very good at using the media to sway opinion of fans and possibly the selectors - He often comes out in media to talk about how hard he has been working etc etc. However, the evidence suggests otherwise - We watch series after series where his poor wrist position is highlighted and his pace keeps falling too. What exactly is he working hard on?? He looked so promising when he bowled 'that spell' to Ponting but he never kicked on after that. His stats are shocking in all forms of cricket. It is obvious that the riches of cricket has engulfed Ishant and staying in the Indian team is a means of maximizing the stream of cash flow

  • POSTED BY asterix.gaul on | April 13, 2014, 19:36 GMT

    He should focus on becoming a better bowling by being available only for test matches and T20s.

  • POSTED BY Batmanindallas on | April 13, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    Ishant is one of those who is always promising but does not deliver on international stage. The list of those players are long Graham Hicks anyone...

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    I remember when Ishant was a new comer and did well in Australia, Kirsten advised him to work on strength training. This kid then said he is already very strong and do not need to build muscles. Ishant is lean, but he needs to spend more time in the gym.

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    Mrs Sharma, You have done what every mother would do viz support your son in his time of need. But seriously he is not a ODI talent atleast right now. He is struggling even in tests. What would have been good for him is actually playing a season in the English county instead of the IPL. Yes money would have been less but he would have improved as a bowler and would have helped him and the country. We certainly regret Ishant's re thinking his retirement from ODI. Would have been good for India

  • POSTED BY The-love on | April 13, 2014, 10:46 GMT

    From last 3-4 Aussie,RSA,England tours we have been thinking like this is the attack that we are going to have in near future,so give them some time but still we don't have proper seam attack.At a particular time any 1 seam bowler shines and again same story.After every loss we think we will recover till next tour and will win series.In 03/04 we got Pathan but we could not win in Australia.In 07/08 We got Ishanth but we could not win.In 11/12 whatever attack we had that was a failure.Again in 14 we have an attack who is going to tour Australia first time and God only knows how many of these will survive till next Aussie tour.

  • POSTED BY londondoc on | April 13, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    Oh No- why did he change his mind!

  • POSTED BY Prasdhoni on | April 13, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    Ishant bhai can never grow as a Genuine Bowler by performing in IPL. Probably the time has come for him to analyse himself and his abilities. Rather than toiling hard in these unresponsive indian domestic pitches, ishant should start playing county cricket in England or Australia. By doing so, he may become a complete bowler. The same goes with guys like Praveen,Bhuvi, Munaf, Irfan, Vinay, RP, Balaji and others who WASTE their career by bowling to the same below-par Indian domestic batsman n take wickets.."Explore new challenges in life". if they dont do that, we will never get a "Mcgrath or vaas or Steyn or Anderson or wasim or to the matter of fact.. we wont even get another zaheer khan. Our Fast bowling will get lost forever.

  • POSTED BY Y2G_87 on | April 13, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    Ishanth Sharma was able to bowl at 140s and 150s at age of 19, and at present he should be able to bowl at least at same pace.

    Leave about his seam position his techniques and line & Length but it is time to think about reason for reduction in phase, which clearly means he has been over used.

    Siddle the main man who was spear heading Aus pace attack in test matches is rested not because of performance but for him to regain phase and relaxation which any player requires.

    The expectations rate which we have on Indian Cricket Team is increasing comparatively more faster than team's improvement rate.

    So leave him alone and let management analyze the past and come back with a plan to make better use of seamers.

    Last but not least most the countries play more than 50% of matches in their own backyard and in case of any nation in Asia play almost 75% of matches in pitch which does not encourage seam bowlers, so it would be bit harsh on seam bowlers when we make comments like this

  • POSTED BY Ramansilva on | April 13, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    As sheru-sher says "Ishant Sharma is the nearest 'thing' to a fast bowler that India has at present now. Though he has not the ability he has at least hair to give a fight to Malinga and Height to compete with Jhonson. He "looks" more impressive than so called seamers like Sharma, Kumar, Shami.

  • POSTED BY wasimahm on | April 13, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    He's a good bowler. Can remember him bowling 154 kmph or something when he was 19. Had that much talent. Now he hardly bowls 135. Sad to see him just become one of them.

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    indian fans have always been critical about Ishant. He is the best indian fast bowler by far but the only problem work load and rotation of bowlers.. RP, Shreeshant, Irfan, Nehra, Balaji have all been good bowlers and india would have been a realy good pace unit if these bowlers were preserved well with good rotation policy.. Ishant was fall to bad indian cricket administration. Those who criticse him should watch his magic spell to Ricky pointing and his spell in england when zaheer got injured.

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    He is a good test bowler and odi's spoil him...I wish he could get that county experience which really helps Indian bowlers.

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2014, 6:15 GMT

    Most overhyped overrated player is Rohit sharma. Don't know how he keeps getting picked even after mediocre performance.

  • POSTED BY Darkmanx12155 on | April 13, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    @ ArnoldVDH and all those who hate ishanth and curse him will love him after the 2015 world cup... He is a must for the 2015 WC as he has done and WILL DO really well in helping conditions in Aussie and NZ. If india is to retain the ODI WC, ishant Sharma will definitely have to play for india. Remember the champions trophy final guys? how can you say ishanth is a bad bowler after seeing his performances in helping conditions????

  • POSTED BY ArnoldVDH on | April 13, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    One of the most overrated cricketers of all time.

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | April 13, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    Ishant is not a test standard bowler. India would do well to search for alternatives

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    Unless Ishant works on his wrist position he will never be a serious wicket taker. As an Indian Fan its the same old story Munaf, RP, Sreesanth, Irfan and now Ishant all promising FAST MEDIUM bowlers gone to dust. If the Indian team management doesnt not follow a rotation policy for bowlers Shami will follow the same path. I fail to gather with a bowling coach why Ishant has not worked on his perrenial problem of the seam not coming straight? Does he need to take a break from international cricket and work on it?

  • POSTED BY on | April 13, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    I watched him bowl in a recent domestic match along with Nehra. While Nehra in his early thirties with an injury-prone body was steaming in and going after the batsman, a young Ishant was trying to bowl line and length at 125 km/h. The batsmen were whacking him at will. Nehra did well in that match, and the captain Harbhajan praised him post match, and Ishant looked completely listless. His problem is he has a spinner's mindset. He believes mere line and length will get him wickets. He does not put in the effort to boost his speed. He lacks the killer instinct. He is too soft in approach to become a fast bowler. In Tamil Nadu we call such people sambar vadais. A fast bowler needs to be a grenade, not a soft juicy vadai.

  • POSTED BY snbirdi on | April 12, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    This boy will NEVER succeed and this is exactly why --> "I don't set personal goals for myself. Because in doing so you end up putting pressure on yourself"

    Setting personal goals is what being an athlete is all about. A sprinter aims to beat world speed records, a batsman aims to beat world's run records, bowlers aim to beat "first to certain number of wickets" records. Setting personal goals is what makes you work harder to acheive them.

    What a pathetic attitude Ishant. Get your mindset right first.

  • POSTED BY sheru-sher on | April 12, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    Ishant Sharma is the nearest "thing" to a fast bowler that India has at present now. He bowled well in South Africa where the wickets were NOT dust bowls flat tracks. India has never produced genuine fast bowlers and with the exception of Kapil Dev , Shrinath and Zaheer Khan (all fast medium) Ishant Sharma is the best quick bowler available to India to play outside India. It is a shame that people are critical of Ishant Sharma when he does not do well in India but no one crictcizes the type of wickets that are prepared for him to bowl on. So guys like Misra, Harbajan, Kumble and Ashwin are considered great bowlers but in India they always get helpful wickets. That is the reason so many seam bowlers have been rotated like musical chairs . Shami, Mohit, Bhuveneshwar are in no class with Ishant who can get good bounce because of his height. Fast Bowling on the road like wickets in India is no easy job and critics should have some symphaty for Ishant and give him a longer run.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    If Ishant can't make it in the Sunriser's playing XI, then how can he dream of playing for India? He was given opportunities galore and mostly fizzled. He should thank Dhoni for all the chances he got and squandered. A very ordinary player and too much was expected of him.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | April 12, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    I still feel Ishant should stay away from T20 and ODI cricket. He's not the kind of bowler who can intimidate batsmen in these formats. Test cricket is right up his style of bowling where the batsmen won't be looking to come after him. He can then slowly take his him and adjust his rhythm according to the situation. If you compare his stats, his test bowling figures are way better than limited overs.

  • POSTED BY Y2G_87 on | April 12, 2014, 18:25 GMT

    Generally tall fast bowlers have considerable advantage than fast bowler of normal height, because they can extract bounce from good length and slow pitches as well. So if Ishanth can get back his form and work along with Eshwar Pandey then it will give a new powerful look to seam bowling attack.

    In limited overs these 2 need to be supported by Bhuvaneshwar and in Test matches these 2 need to be supported by Shami, in case of if team requires 2 spinners than it is better to drop one of these 2 and accommodate a spinner.

  • POSTED BY AnasK on | April 12, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Its surprising that he worked with Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis at IPL but still hasn't done well at the highest level.

  • POSTED BY rsurya on | April 12, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    Ishanth Sharma is a dream bowler for every batsman. Every batsman can experiment different shots in his bowling. Ishanth sharma can take wickets only if a batsman gets bored in the middle and play some lazy shot.

  • POSTED BY sasi_trueindian on | April 12, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    The problem with Ishant as many have pointed out already is his wrist at the time of delivery..and the worrying part is he seems unable to realize the simple technical issue in his action.. As long as that is not rectified, he can never be a consistent threat..

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    Proabably, Ishanth should have trim his hair......changed looks can some time change fortunes

  • POSTED BY AvidCricFan on | April 12, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Ishant keeps on mentioning that he has learnt a lot from Dale and others. The learning is reflected on the field. Since his debut series, his performance has gone down and stayed flat. He was a near fast bowler in his early career bowling in 140-145k speed. After 6 years, he is now bowling in 130-135k range. He has not improved on variations and has no effective yorker.

  • POSTED BY mshyder on | April 12, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    It is good to see his optimism to play ODIs. But his idea of giving up ODIs was very realistic as he has been as he has been consistently poor at the shorter format, and with so many new medium pacers around he has little hope of getting back in side.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    In my opinion, IPL may not be used for selection but can be easily used for elimination. If one cannot prove or give match winning performances in 50 odd matches, one cannot be in the International team and relied upon to play against international standard opponents. If you consistently go at 7.5 or more in IPL, you simply don't deserve to be in International team. Period. Top wicket taker or batsman who performed consistently performed should have a look-in but not based on one match performances. People who have been brought in like Yusuf Pathan or Murali Vijay, based on single performance, have failed to deliver at the highest stage and the trend is expected to continue.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    Ishant Sharma Needs to seriously improve his ruined stats, which is shown in his profile (tests-37, odi's - 32 and t20... 50!). For now, he still needs to eye improvement.

  • POSTED BY dhr_acharya on | April 12, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    good luck to ishant sharma indian team needs him in the form

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 12, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    I doubt he will playing in the 11. The squad: Warner Ojha Dhawan Finch Rahul/Juneja Sammy Pathan Karn Mishra Bhuvi Steyn. Dhawan should bat at no.3 and play a crucial role.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | April 12, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    Warner Finch Sammy and Steyn is easily the best 4 overseas players and Steyn and Sammy are clearly 2 of the most passionate and involved players if Finch and Warner can get settled early and gel together with the rest of the team they are my favourites to win the tournament.

  • POSTED BY visu625 on | April 12, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    I dnt think he can make a playing 11 in the srh team because u have steyn,b kumar,a mishra,k sharma 5 blower is tossup between irfan and sammy.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    @Kashi0127 : For players like sehwag etc they wont see hoe many runs they have scored r not... they just see whether they are back in form r not. It is enough for STAR players.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | April 12, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    @Kashi0127: I am sorry friend, but I have to disagree with you on all counts. The IPL is not just about entertainment, it is about hard fought and passionate T20 cricket. If the IPL is just about entertainment, then what was the World T20 ? T20 cricket is a mix of high octane, drama filled entertaining cricket with fortunes dipping every over. That's what makes it the BEST format of cricket. The IPL under Sunil Gavaskar won't be the same like previous years. From here on, it will ONLY be about the cricket and less about glamour and glitter.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    Plaguing for ipl and India are different. He may be fit into ipl for the franchasiee but fir India there are better bowlers. Certainly better fielders too... Ishant will do well to focus on test cricket from now on. That may extend his career fir the next 2 years max. Otherwise quits. Much like Zaheer who at 37 needs to go home and relax.

  • POSTED BY Jahid2611 on | April 12, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    Ishant has less chance as Bhuvneshwar Kumar is in the team. As they have 3 more seaming options(Steyn, Sammy, I.Pathan), it will be really tough for Ishant to get in the XI.

  • POSTED BY philipsmgp on | April 12, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    Now that the IPL is here all of a sudden you could see a huge tansission in players. Ishanth would suddenly bowl well, rohit will suddenly become more aggressive and consistent, yusuf pathan,sehwag, gambhir would score a couple of half centuies and will go to the press and say it was unfair to leave us out of the team, harbhajan would take a couple if wickets and all the fans would start saying harbhajan should be in the team. And all the CSK haters would storm in from nowhere from all directions. Its going to be fun,.,..

  • POSTED BY Cricfever_PM on | April 12, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Ishanth is bad learner of the game and it's very hard for him to lean something new!!!

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | April 12, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    It is sad some newspapers are reporting that the new IPL season gives opportunity to Sehwag, Gambhir, Irfan and few other discards to impress selectors for Test and ODI selection. I hope selectors are mature enough and do not watch the IPL from selection angle. IPL being what it is - sheer entertainment - focus is less on cricket. Instead selectors hopefully have paid attention to performances in the oficial cricket events like Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy etc.

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  • POSTED BY Chak-De-India-Deux on | April 18, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    So close yet so far........collective sigh of Indian fans!!

  • POSTED BY SaifS on | April 17, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    If Ishant cannot ball 145 plus every delivery in an over. Over after over with the seem reasonably upright, he doesn't deserve a place in the side. With the limited amount of talent he has, this is the minimum he should strive for.

  • POSTED BY Sultan2007 on | April 17, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    If the seam stays scrambled, Ishant doesnt have the pace to make a difference. It is a straightforward situation. Why cant he get this message?

  • POSTED BY santhoo24 on | April 16, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    It's really unfortunate. Ishant Sharma should have "retired" from ODI and T20s, and the selectors would have dropped him in tests anyways, and us Indians and Indian cricket would've been saved from the misfortune that is Ishant. Oh well, we can get only so much, as the very thought of I Sharma gone for good.

  • POSTED BY on | April 15, 2014, 17:54 GMT

    Ishant got a height over 6' and never seen him using to his advantage???? he should be bouncing the ball over the batsman head. he goes into slums too often and I don't see any muscles on this boy???? If he quits no problems there are plenty of bowlers out there waiting for the chance... good luck india cricket.

  • POSTED BY datewithdestiny on | April 15, 2014, 17:44 GMT

    Gets dropped from T20 and wants to quit ODIs. This is exactly the kind of intelligent decision making that has allowed India to uncover a gem who takes great decisions in crunch situations.

  • POSTED BY on | April 15, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Theres the word that we dont like to see " Nearly " .... Quit already...

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | April 15, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    "I don't set personal goals for myself. Because in doing so you end up putting pressure on yourself."

    Little wonder he doesn't improve! There can be no improvement and growth without goal setting!

  • POSTED BY TheOnlyEmperor on | April 15, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    If Ishant quits ODIs and T20s, it would do India a lot of good. It would force the Indian selectors to hunt for fresh talent!

  • POSTED BY jinxed1184 on | April 14, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    And What bounce are you talking about, nice half volleys which sit up so nicely and ready to be smacked wherever you wish them to be sent. That one spell has allowed him to play test cricket for 5 years without doing anything of note.

    Shami, Bhuvi are preferred over him and rightly so. Ishant has never worked on the mistakes which are there in his bowling. A lot of people have highlighted them. Poor wrist action and poor line length. Regarding bounce, he is no Morne Morkel. Neither he has the pace nor he puts the ball in right place nor he can move the ball.

    Why do we need him in his current version??

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | April 12, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    It is sad some newspapers are reporting that the new IPL season gives opportunity to Sehwag, Gambhir, Irfan and few other discards to impress selectors for Test and ODI selection. I hope selectors are mature enough and do not watch the IPL from selection angle. IPL being what it is - sheer entertainment - focus is less on cricket. Instead selectors hopefully have paid attention to performances in the oficial cricket events like Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy etc.

  • POSTED BY Cricfever_PM on | April 12, 2014, 6:45 GMT

    Ishanth is bad learner of the game and it's very hard for him to lean something new!!!

  • POSTED BY philipsmgp on | April 12, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    Now that the IPL is here all of a sudden you could see a huge tansission in players. Ishanth would suddenly bowl well, rohit will suddenly become more aggressive and consistent, yusuf pathan,sehwag, gambhir would score a couple of half centuies and will go to the press and say it was unfair to leave us out of the team, harbhajan would take a couple if wickets and all the fans would start saying harbhajan should be in the team. And all the CSK haters would storm in from nowhere from all directions. Its going to be fun,.,..

  • POSTED BY Jahid2611 on | April 12, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    Ishant has less chance as Bhuvneshwar Kumar is in the team. As they have 3 more seaming options(Steyn, Sammy, I.Pathan), it will be really tough for Ishant to get in the XI.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    Plaguing for ipl and India are different. He may be fit into ipl for the franchasiee but fir India there are better bowlers. Certainly better fielders too... Ishant will do well to focus on test cricket from now on. That may extend his career fir the next 2 years max. Otherwise quits. Much like Zaheer who at 37 needs to go home and relax.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | April 12, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    @Kashi0127: I am sorry friend, but I have to disagree with you on all counts. The IPL is not just about entertainment, it is about hard fought and passionate T20 cricket. If the IPL is just about entertainment, then what was the World T20 ? T20 cricket is a mix of high octane, drama filled entertaining cricket with fortunes dipping every over. That's what makes it the BEST format of cricket. The IPL under Sunil Gavaskar won't be the same like previous years. From here on, it will ONLY be about the cricket and less about glamour and glitter.

  • POSTED BY on | April 12, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    @Kashi0127 : For players like sehwag etc they wont see hoe many runs they have scored r not... they just see whether they are back in form r not. It is enough for STAR players.

  • POSTED BY visu625 on | April 12, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    I dnt think he can make a playing 11 in the srh team because u have steyn,b kumar,a mishra,k sharma 5 blower is tossup between irfan and sammy.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | April 12, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    Warner Finch Sammy and Steyn is easily the best 4 overseas players and Steyn and Sammy are clearly 2 of the most passionate and involved players if Finch and Warner can get settled early and gel together with the rest of the team they are my favourites to win the tournament.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 12, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    I doubt he will playing in the 11. The squad: Warner Ojha Dhawan Finch Rahul/Juneja Sammy Pathan Karn Mishra Bhuvi Steyn. Dhawan should bat at no.3 and play a crucial role.

IPL news April 12, 2014

Ishant Sharma nearly quit ODIs

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Ishant Sharma has revealed he nearly quit ODIs after he was left out of the World T20 side following average series against Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. He came back to the ODI side with a match-winning over in the Champions Trophy final in 2013, but the three bilateral ODI series that followed pushed him out.

"It was a setback for me when I did not do well for the country or when I was not selected," Ishant said at a Sunrisers Hyderabad function. "I think the one person who gave me confidence was my mother. At one stage, I thought I should stop playing ODIs. But my mother pulled me out of my negativities. Such support from your parents or friends gives you much-needed confidence. Now, I am enjoying my cricket, which is more important. If you enjoy your cricket and express yourself on the field, you will do well."

Ishant insisted he he has brushed aside the disappointment, and is now looking forward to the new IPL season. "You feel bad when you are not part of the T20 World Cup," he said. "It is a big tournament. But it is not in my hand. If I am playing Test cricket or wherever I am playing, I have to do well in those conditions and that particular format.

"I am looking forward to do well in the new season. I am bowling well. I am in good rhythm. I played in domestic Twenty20, bowled well, took some wickets. I am confident with my bowling and hopefully I will do well for the Sunrisers this time as well."

Not among the players retained by Sunrisers ahead of this year's auction, Ishant was, however, bought back by the franchise for $400,000. Last season, he picked up 15 wickets from 16 matches and formed a potent new-ball pairing with Dale Steyn in IPL 2013 that was instrumental in the franchise's top-four finish. "Dale gives his plans and we set fields accordingly. That helps a fast bowler. It feels really great. I have learnt a lot from him."

Another player who has helped the team grow, according to Ishant, is Darren Sammy. "When he was not playing in the initial part last year, he was giving ideas to every member of the team," Ishant said. "All these small things help the team do well. When we sit together, it's not that we just laugh. We talk about cricket, about where we should improve. "

Expecting the pitches in the UAE to be similar, Ishant says he needs to use his experience and stick to the plans. "I think the wicket will be the same," he said. "It does not matter whether you play in India or UAE, the wicket will be the same in Asia. You should know where you need to bowl in the T20 format. You don't need to see how the wicket is going to behave. You just need to execute your plans well."

During his break from international cricket, Ishant has played a number of domestic limited-overs matches for Delhi and North Zone, the highlight being his spell of 4 for 9 in his last T20 outing for Delhi in the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy.

"I bowled well in South Africa and New Zealand and in the North Zone T20 tournament too," he said. "I am looking forward to doing well for Sunrisers in the IPL."

A tough season awaits India after the IPL as the team heads straight to England for a five-Test tour. But Ishant is not looking too far ahead: "I don't set personal goals for myself. Because in doing so you end up putting pressure on yourself. In T20 cricket one needs to react according to the situation."