Ishant Sharma can play a huge role for India against England – Eric Simmons

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  • Ishant Sharma can play a huge role for India against England – Eric Simmons

Ishant Sharma can play a huge role for India against England – Eric Simmons

India’s bowling coach, Eric Simmons believes that Ishant Sharma will play a crucial role for his country in the upcoming Test series in England and said that the English conditions will be ideal for the lanky fast bowler.

Sharma is doing exceedingly well in the on-going Test series against the West Indies as the fast bowler has so far taken 22 scalps with the last match still in progress.

The tall fast bowler was out of form since last year and that was the reason why he lost his place in India’s limited overs setup and was dropped from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 as well. However, he performed exceptionally well in the domestic cricket of India and had a wonderful fourth season of the Indian Premier League, which forced the selectors to reconsider him for the Caribbean tour.

He looks in great form now after a long time and his coach is very confident of Ishant’s good showing in the all-important series against England, where India’s claim of being the number one Test team of the world will be at stake.

Simmons said, "If he bowls with the control he has got now, Ishant can be a real handful in England. He has obviously got the height. His ability to get bounce out of a wicket from a fuller length is crucial. He is getting more confident now that his control is back. The no-balls are disappearing."

Ishant’s bowling average is currently in the 30s in Test cricket as well as the 50-overs format of the game, which is not good for a high-class fast bowler. However, the 22-years-old fast bowler still has a lot of time under his belt to make a manse.

Simmons added that Sharma has got his action right once again and this is the reason why he is bowling fast consistently. His line has been a minor issue in the Caribbean tour but India’s bowling coach thinks that Ishant will improve on that with the passage of time.

"I think now he'll start bowling consistently at 140kph, 141, 142, and that's just going to add to his strength. The only thing is he can drift down leg now and then, but it is a minor issue," he added.

 

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