Adelaide: One of these days Ishant Sharma is going to bowl worse than he is doing, and walk away with a five-for. That's what his team-mates, and more importantly his opponents think. One of these days.
Today wasn't one of those days. Easily the best bowler on show today, Ishant produced three edges on a flat track, came close to getting leg-before calls, went past the bat on an almost equal number of occasions, got the ball to seam, bowled the odd cutter with a roll of the fingers, and went for just 52 in 20 overs on a day that India conceded 335 runs for just three wickets. But he still doesn't have a wicket to show for it.
It has been observed, not without merit, that perhaps he is not that unlucky after all. That - likable as he might be with his spirit in the nets, in the field, with the ball, and with the bat - there is a difference between studying hard and scoring marks in the exam. That he bowls just the good balls, not the wicket-taking balls, which would be a length slightly fuller - by about a foot - than he usually bowls. That his game has not evolved from the last time he first impressed, on the tour to Australia four years ago.