Former Indian fast pitcher Ashish Nehra backed Ishant Sharma, saying it’s too hard to judge the playmaker based on just one bad outing during Headingley’s test against England last month. Nehra revealed that someone asked him if Ishant had already played his last test for India and he was surprised that such questions would go around after the 3rd test.
Ishant Sharma, who missed the first test of the current series due to a problem, won 5 wickets in India’s remarkable victory at Lord’s. However, he looked ordinary on the 3rd test at Headingley, struggling for control after being given the duty of playing with the new ball. Ishant conceded more than 4 runs per set and went less to the wicket in 22 innings at Headingley.
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Ishant watched cautiously during his swing in the opening rounds of Test 3, but compatriot Mohammed Shami ruled out any injury concerns for the senior point guard.
Ashish Nehra pointed out that India has options in its rhythm department, but it would not be wise to keep changing the bowling lineup, which has always worked in the past.
“It will be too hard for Ishant Sharma if we judge and discuss his place in the squad after just one Test match. Someone asked me yesterday if Headingley Test was Ishant Sharma’s last? I was very surprised someone even asked me that question. ”Nehra told Sony Sports ahead of the 4th test, starting September 2.
“Ishant is someone who plays a no-ball here and there, just like Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja. Yes, in my opinion, Ishant Sharma was not looking for the best of rhythms. We lost this test match so we are discussing it. Following.
“Ishant’s pace wasn’t the reason we lost him. But remember he missed the first game because of a problem. In the second it took him a while. time but due to the experience of over 100 tests he returned to his groove quickly and had a good test from the Lord, “he added.
“You can’t judge someone like an Ishant Sharma on a playing performance. Yes, we have good four-five players and there is competition there, but you don’t want to see a different player out there. every test match. “
Nehra, however, did not rule out changes to the XI for the 4th test, which will be played at the London Oval, saying the conditions at the first test site could justify the inclusion of an additional spinner in R Ashwin.
Notably, Ashwin has not appeared in a single test so far in the series despite being in great shape. Ashwin also played county cricket during the break between the World Testing Championship and the start of the first test against England.
“Due to the conditions at Oval, we could get a match from Ashwin instead of a fast bowler, whether it’s in place of Ishant or Siraj, only time will tell,” added Nehra.
India will look to come back once after the innings loss to Headingley. The series is tied at 1-1 with two more tests to go.