SA vs IND: Shaun Pollock wants Indian Team management to have clear communication with Ishant Sharma
SA vs IND: Virat Kohli replaced Hanuma Vihari as India’s captain for the last Test match of the series against South Africa, while seasoned bowler Umesh Yadav came in for injured Mohammed Siraj.
India made two changes for the final Test match of the series against South Africa. But there was one omission that drew a lot of attention, and that was the absence of seasoned bowler Ishant Sharma from the field of play.
While all of the pacers on the trip secured their spots in the XI, it was surprising to see Sharma, who had been a mainstay in the squad just a few months before, left out.
Shaun Pollock, a former Proteas speedster, addressed his views in a similar vein. He stated that older pacers should be treated with more respect.
“It is sad to see him sit out, particularly considering that he was one the first-choice pacer in the Indian squad for the Test series,” Pollock said.
Shaun Pollock was a former pacer. So, he believes that the team management has to have a candid dialogue with him about his future and the reasons for his inability to play regularly.
Additionally, the former bowler said people should give Ishant more credit for what he has accomplished for India thus far in his career.
“He just needs to accept the decision if the explanation given was that “we believe you would be better suited if there were no left-handers,” Pollock remarked in an interview with Cricbuzz.
Shaun Pollock believes that management should not forget what Ishant has done for the team over the years
“Ishant must be looking forward to this chance after observing the pitch conditions in the first two Test matches. Another consideration is that after an extensive quantity of cricket for the national team, it gets more difficult for a player to stay on the sidelines constantly warming up for the squad,” Pollock said.
The former speedy reiterated his belief that the team management should be upfront and forthright with the 33-year-old when it comes to his future with the Indian team.
On the other side, the Delhi pacer must be aware of where his team stands concerning the rest of the world.
As of right now, India is playing South Africa in the last Test in Cape Town, and the series is 1-1. We have to see whether India would be able to write history by winning this series against South Africa in their own country.
Daryll Cullinan, a former South African batsman, believes that including Ishant in the squad would have provided India with a bowler whose primary responsibility would have been to restrict run flow, providing ideal assistance to the other pacers, whose primary responsibility is to take wickets.
“I believe India did not take into consideration South Africa’s batting. It’s a pretty youthful team, and they were able to get their runs in Wanderers much too easily. India hasn’t been able to come up with the right combination. It had to have been a difficult choice to make. Virat is ultimately in charge of making the final decision. In the world of bowling… I can only assume that he is suffering from an ailment or that he is not practising in the nets. You have to bowl and play with a lot of patience on this surface,” Cullinan spoke to ESPNCricinfo.