Australian former pacer Glenn McGrath praised Ishant Sharma but feels he needs to have his role in the team defined. Ishant had a good first Test, claiming five wickets in the second innings.
"When Ishant started off, he took the world by storm bowling good pace. He is probably not bowling at the same pace. But he is much more experienced now with good control. The Edgbaston Test showed that Ishant has started adapting a bit more," McGrath was quoted as saying in a PTI report.
McGrath however did agree that playing a lot on the sub-continent might have contributed to poor overall record of Ishant. "I guess a lot of pitches in India are tough to play on. Probably, he didn't bowl that many spells. May be, he has been used more as a workhorse rather than an attacking bowler. I think he needs to find in what role he fits in," added McGrath.
Giving some advice to Ishant, McGrath said the tall bowler must hit the seam more often. “You have got to hit the seam and may be a bit of movement off the pitch will help. My weapon was bounce and occasionally bit of seam movement. In my case, there was Warnie, Lee and Gillespie bowling from other end to build pressure,” he went on to add.
--By A Cricket Correspondent