London: India pacer Ishant Sharma must continue his encouraging Day One show if India are to keep the England batsmen in check for rest of the Oval Test.
If Praveen Kumar's injured ankle had healed to a point where he could run in and continue his show of commitment on this tour of England, Rudra Pratap (RP) Singh would not have opened the bowling for India on Thursday.
But hang on, wasn't RP set to replace S Sreesanth in the playing XI in any case? Yes, but strange are the ways of India on this tour. RP came into the squad as a replacement for Zaheer Khan and his chances of playing this Test magnified because he has had some level of success bowling in England -- 12 wickets in three Tests here in 2007.