Although the senior pace-bowler of Team India Ishant Sharma has been included in the list of final-15 for the ICC World Cup 2015, but former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar thinks that Ishant could be a liability.
It is worthwhile to mention that Ishant Sharma’s international career has already at a crucial stage. The 26-year old who has played Test cricket in Australia and has not been able to spread any magic with his bowling abilities on three tours since 2008 will represent Team India in his first-ever World Cup in February 2015.
It is pretty clear that India’s bowling performance has been inconsistent recently. Pointing towards this Gavaskar said “Our current new ball bowlers will not be of any use if they don’t get you a fifer or three-four wickets because they go for a lot of runs. In such a situation, Ishant can be a liability to the team.”
Elaborating on his experience to choose his favorite 15 for the world cup he stated “When I was asked to name my list of 15 for the World Cup, I picked Mohit Sharma ahead of Ishant because Mohit is a good fielder.”
However former Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram is of the opinion that India should stick with Ishant and use him well on wickets in Australia and New Zealand as those pitches would prove to be conducive to pacers.
It is pertinent to add that Ishant has missed India’s first two matches in the ongoing Tri-Series due this knee injury. We hope that Ishant would prove the doubts of Gavaskar wrong and perform well in the World Cup.