But former Delhi coach and India pace bowler Manoj Prabhakar, who worked closely with Ishant in his formative years, begs to differ, targeting India bowling coach Joe Dawes and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni instead.
Speaking to Mail Today, Prabhakar laid the blame for Ishant’s downfall squarely on Dawes’s doorstep.
“What is the coach there for? Why is he wasting his time and letting our talent go waste? We work hard on the bowlers at the state level, we send them to play for India, and after that we expect them to improve. But why does the graph go down in every bowler’s case?” Prabhakar thundered.
“The coaches should realise where they are at fault. It is not just the individual’s fault. Ishant is very talented. Why are they not putting in work to make him more and more useful? In this, I would like to question the captain too. If you like him so much, why are you letting his confidence get shattered in every match?”
Asked if he would’ve liked to see the selectors drop Ishant from the squad after the string of poor performances, Prabhakar said: “Selectors don’t play in the field. In their position, I would’ve asked the captain what he wants and backed him to the hilt, which is what they have done. I appreciate Dhoni’s effort in supporting his guys, but at what cost? The whole world knows there’s one man who just doesn’t have it in him at present, and by persisting with him, you are actually doing more harm than good.
“They should tell Ishant that we need you to be a good bowler again, and send him back to the basics before he loses all confidence.” Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, meanwhile, criticised Ishant for not being smart enough.
“Shocking is a very small word [for what happened]. You can’t keep sympathising with him as he showed no variety — no yorker, no slower one, he didn’t even try a change of angle. When you have played 50-odd Tests, will someone else do the thinking for you?” Ganguly wondered.
He also hit out at Ravichandran Ashwin. “If Ravindra Jadeja could bowl well, why couldn’t Ashwin do the same from the other end? He needs to bowl well because otherwise, India will continue to suffer on flat pitches,” he stated.
Ganguly believes the next ODI in Ranchi will be crucial to India’s fortunes in the series.
“The Aussies have come here well prepared and if India don’t win in Ranchi, they will struggle to make a comeback,” he predicted.
Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.
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