Team India speedster, Ishant Sharma has been in and around the international circuit for more than a decade now. He is the leader of the bowling attack for India, especially in Tests.
Ever since Ishant has played a debate has always surfaced. His length is an area of concern for the team. He prefers bowling a fraction short of a length which has nullified his swing and pace, especially in non-helpful conditions.
Ishant looked a changed bowler when he was seen bowling full tilt against Afghanistan. There is no denying the fact that the oppositions are not quite on par. But after a good stint with Sussex, Ishant is looking to bowl the fuller lengths on a more consistent basis.
He remained unsold in the Indian Premier League which eventually turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Ishant.
During his spell against the Afghans in the 1st innings, there was compression made by the commentators on Ishant and former Aussie pacer, Jason Gillespie. They were quite similar to the lengths they bowled. Gillespie was the man who worked with Ishant at Sussex. The lanky speedster emphasized a lot on his writs position. He just wanted to keep bowling a full length to reap the rewards.
It was a good spell of bowling by Ishant which saw him reaping the rewards. He breached through the defense of two Afghanistan batsmen in the 1st innings.
Ishant looked a completely changed bowler and targeted the stumps quite consistently.
“We spoke a lot about a fuller length attacking off stump – batsman’s knee-roll height. He also worked hard on the position of his wrist at the point of release. His natural delivery comes back into the right-hander,” Gillespie was quoted as saying by Sportskeeda on Friday.
“He worked on the ball that held its line and got batsmen playing at the ball thinking it was going to come back and hit the stump,” Gillespie added.
He further stated he worked on the Indian pacer bowling from different angles.
“And we spoke about bowling from different spots on the crease to create different angles when he released the ball,” he added.
There is no doubt about the fact that Ishant has been benefited from the stint at Sussex.