1983 World Cup winner Balwinder Singh Sandhu was disappointed with Ishant Sharma’s performance in the World Test Championship (WTC) final, which saw India lose eight wickets despite the rain washing out two full game days.
Sandhu noticed that Ishant bowled like a novice, despite years of experience under his belt.
This is Ishant Sharma’s fourth tour of England, previously part of the 2011, 2014 and 2018 roster. The big fast bowler returned with match numbers of 3–69 in 31.2 over the course of two innings.
Balwinder Singh Sandhu was dismayed by the Indian bowlers for not bowling full enough. The former seaman said, as quoted by News18.com:
“The Indians skittles too short on Sunday, but they hit the ball up on Tuesday. You have to get them to play the forefoot. The bowlers may be rusty, but you take wickets by throwing it up and letting the batsmen drive off the forefoot . Even after playing 100 tests, Ishant looks like a newcomer to me. He should lead the attack, but Shami plays that role. Bumrah was disappointing too, with the ball not coming. “
India were bundled for 170 in the second inning on the final day, on what was built up as the best day for batting given the bright conditions.
New Zealand carefully pursued its hunt and won the game with eight wickets to secure the WTC title.
“I think India didn’t pick the right bowling line-up” – Roger Binny
Roger Binny, who was the top wicket taker at the 1983 World Cup, felt that the Indian team hadn’t chosen the right bowling line-up for the one-off test against New Zealand.
Binny suggested India missed out on seam and swing bowlers when they opted for express-speed bowlers.
“I think they didn’t pick the right bowling line-up. You have to have someone who hems the ball, does a little bit with the ball. New Zealand did that. You can’t get batsmen out at 90 and 100 speeds, but with a seam and Swing. “
India will be keen to iron out their mistakes when they face England in a five-game test series that begins in August. The last time the Men in Blue toured England, they lost the 2018 test series 4-1.