Ishant needs to develop better slower ball: Simons

Simons said Ishant needs to work on his slower ball and perfect the art of mixing his pace up.

Cuttack: With the new ODI rules coming into play last year, bowlers have had their task cut out.

As has been evident through the ongoing India-Australia series, both captains have had a tough time containing the opposition batsmen.Ishant Sharma: Struggling for form. (IANS)

If the five-fielder inside the 30-yard circle rule wasn’t enough, two new balls from either end have further ensured that the reverse swing that pacers got has also been reduced.

The pacers have looked completely at sea, the biggest examples being Ishant Sharma and R. Vinay Kumar. It has resulted in India being 1-2 down in the series with two games to play after the fifth ODI was washed out here on Saturday.

Former India bowling coach and current Delhi Daredevils coach Eric Simons believes that under the new rules, bringing variety into a bowler’s repertoire has become important.

Simons said that specifically in Ishant’s case, the latter’s extra pace and bounce often works against him and the lanky pacer needs to work on his slower ball and perfect the art of mixing his pace up — something that the Delhi bowler hasn’t done much in recent times.

“Ishant has tremendous physical attributes to be a great bowler. But in sub-continent conditions, his pace and extra bounce can be a liability as the batsmen prefer the ball coming on to the bat."

“I think what a bowler like him needs is not a good slow ball, but a great slow ball,” he explained.

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