Ishant Sharma an unlucky bowler: Eric Simons

Mohit Singh, February 18 2012,
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Indian bowling coach Eric Simmons, who is on the verge being replaced by Australian Joe Dawes, has defended paceman Ishant Sharma saying that the fast bowler was a bit ‘unlucky’ in the recent Test series against Australia.

Simmons feels that the team management’s decision to keep him out of the Commonwealth Bank ODI tri-series so far is an advantage for their tough opponents, particularly because of the quick Australian pitches.

Simmons said regarding Ishant : “I believe the Australians were pleased he (Ishant Sharma) wasn’t involved in one-day series. He bowled so well, he was the one who troubled them the most in Tests. I am not part of selection process but I think he’s ready for one-day cricket.”

It’s a strange fact, but it is true that, in the last couple of years, Ishant has played just six ODIs despite featuring regularly in the Test team alongside the experienced Zaheer Khan.

Speaking about his disappointment over the selectors’ negligence of Ishant for ODIs, Simmons said that Ishant is truly one of the ‘unluckiest bowlers’. He compared him with South Africa’s Morne Morkel, who bowls exceptionally well but does not have the ‘knack’ of picking up wickets as pointed out by a few cricket pundits.

Despite his inability to get many batsmen out, Simmons thinks Ishant is ready for ODI cricket and the selectors should consider him at least for some part of the ODI tri-series.

Simmons was also full of praise for India’s young pace bowlers, particularly Vinay Kumar. He hinted that there is a lot of raw potential in India when it comes to bowling and the board must take measures to tap it.

The BCCI recently appointed Joe Dawes as the new bowling coach of India which led to rumours that Simmons was sacked from his post. But the South African took this opportunity to make it clear that he leaving only because his contract had expired.

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