Ishant Sharma reveals long-term fast-bowling prospects for India in the longer format
By SMCS - Jul 15, 2023 11:20 am
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Veteran India pacer Ishant Sharma has named a few long-term fast-bowling prospects for India in the longer format. He added that Mohammad Shami needs to be managed properly, considering his age. However, Shami has reportedly been rested for the ongoing multi-format series against the West Indies and India played with a relatively inexperienced seam attack.

Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj bowled a fiery opening spell

During a discussion on JioCinema, Ishant said: “(Mohammed) Siraj, (Navdeep) Saini and Mukesh (Kumar). Obviously, it will depend on (Jasprit) Bumrah’s fitness. It will be extremely important how you use (Mohammad) Shami because of his age. Shami tells me he is a year older than me. So I am 34, Shami might be 35. After that, Prasidh Krishna looks to be an extremely interesting prospect to me. Obviously, he is coming back from an injury, so (it needs to be seen) how he does in first-class cricket. A lot of things change in your bowling and body after an injury and especially after a back injury.”

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Meanwhile, Prasidh Krishna has not played any competitive cricket for a long time after undergoing back surgery. He has claimed 49 wickets in 11 first-class games and he is yet to make his debut for India in the longest format. While naming Avesh Khan as another option, Ishant Sharma stated that the chosen ones’ workload needs to be managed well.

prasidh krishna
Prasidh Krishna

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“These are five and then you will have to see which guys do well in Under-19, Emerging or first-class cricket. Avesh Khan is one who comes to my mind. So these six bowlers, so how you rotate them and manage their workload. The worst thing is that our bowlers don’t play first-class cricket. If you are playing in first-class cricket and performing, it means you are coming from the grind. The biggest examples we saw just now are Yashasvi Jaiswal and Mukesh Kumar,” Ishant Sharma concluded.