New Delhi: Delhi coach Sanjeev Sharma might have taken pacer Ishant Sharma’s side and announced that the lanky pacer requested the management for rest — after a tiring tour of New Zealand — going into Delhi’s first two Vijay Hazare Trophy one-day matches, but the selectors feel that it is a clear case of lack of professionalism on the India pacer’s part after making himself available.
Speaking to MAIL TODAY, chief selector Chetan Chauhan said that it was on the coach’s insistence that Ishant was included in the team as the selection committee wasn’t too sure if the pacer would be available after the two-Test series in New Zealand.
“I really don’t want to get into this, but yes, it is true that Ishant had — in the first place — informed the coach that he was interested to play and only when the coach informed us about this that we picked him. Again on Tuesday, it was the coach who came to us and told us about his unavailability,” he said.
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Ishant bowled 96 overs in the two Test matches in New Zealand, including 62 overs in the second Test — 45 of them in the second innings alone.
Another selector said it has more to do with Ishant’s attitude than his body.
“Would he have said the same thing if he was picked for the Asia Cup? It is sad that his attitude has gone from bad to worse. This is the difference between him and people like Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag. Even at their age, they are looking to play any match available to make a comeback into the Indian team. But then you have guys like Ishant too. I am not saying that he isn’t fatigued. But then, why did he make himself available in the first place.”
“He might not be the leader of the pack in the Indian team anymore, but for the Delhi team, he and Ashish Nehra form a lethal combo. So what is the use of having him in the team in the third match when you don’t have him in the important matches against Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab,” he told MAIL TODAY.