#1 Ishant Sharma
The Indian cricket team got some welcome news yesterday as Ishant Sharma was cleared for the Test series against the Kiwis. The veteran will spearhead the Indian bowling attack and Kohli will be looking towards the lanky pacer for providing crucial breakthroughs.
Ishant was in stunning form in India’s last Test series against Bangladesh. He used his height to generate extra bounce off the deck, and also made the ball move both ways to trouble the opposition.
Ishant took nine wickets in India’s first day-night Test at the Eden Gardens, making the Bangladeshi batsmen look clueless.
Ishant is also the most experienced member of the Indian team, having featured in 96 Test matches for his country in a career spanning more than a decade. His teammate and Indian batting mainstay Cheteshwar Pujara was effusive in his praise of Ishant.
“Ishant has worked on the swing… he has always got considerable movement bowling against left-handers, but now he is doing so against right-handers too. It is very different facing him now.”
With his height and vast experience, Ishant will be looking to rattle the Kiwi batsmen by getting the cherry to move either way and also by delivering some chin music.