High hopes on young Ishant

After Ishant Sharma's feats in the Perth Test, the accolades are already flowing in.

updated: January 25, 2008 14:19 IST
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After Ishant Sharma's feats in the Perth Test, the accolades are already flowing in. The Australian Media, for one, believe his nickname should now be changed from 'Lambu' to 'Curtly' or 'Courtney'.

His Delhi Captain Virender Sehwag knew Ishant Sharma could go the distance and the youngster responded immediately.

"This was the best ever spell I bowled in my career. It's not just because of the pitch. I think it all depends on your rhythm," said Ishant Sharma, member, Indian Cricket Team.

And the Australian captain Ricky Ponting was all praise for the youngster from Delhi.

"He bowled very well. Got a bit of assistance from the wicket. That's what bowlers do, they try and get whatever they can from the wicket," said Ricky Ponting, Captain, Australian Cricket Team.

"He had the ball darting back at me quite a lot, and I just found it pretty hard to rotate. I just tried to leave as many balls as I could, take them on my body. Just had to try and get through one more over. Unfortunately, I wasn't good enough to do that," Ponting added.

For someone who only took to the game three years ago, the Perth Test marked the rise to stardom of this 19-year-old.

There were celebrations galore outside Ishant's house in Delhi, his father might be an air-conditioner salesman, but it was his son who had turned on the heat in Perth along with RP Singh and Irfan Pathan.

"Probably our bowlers are best in business. Everybody has got a fantastic seam-position. Second thing is, they have got the pace as well," said Venkatesh Prasad, Indian Bowling Coach.

"Srinath and I used to watch Pathan bowl when he came here to Australia in 1992. So he is more or less similar. Ishant Sharma is tall, lanky, high-arm fast-bowler who brings the ball back into the right-handers. And both of them would get a lot of bounce because of their height and their high-arm action," Prasad added.

The Australian media certainly marked him out as a man for the future. They believe the youngster, who's reminiscent of the great Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh, could soon fill the void left by the retirement of the McGraths and Pollocks.

And the Ganga School student can begin by 'going with the flow' and helping India level the Test series in Adelaide.

So if a star was born in Irfan Pathan in Sydney in 2004, this time it's undoubtedly Ishant Sharma in Perth.