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India vs South Africa: Ishant Sharma is too erratic, says Raju Kulkarni

Ishant Sharma who is included in the Test squad for the South Africa tour was benched for the first Test where India lost by 72 runs.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: January 12, 2018 15:54 IST ]
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Former India pacer Raju Kulkarni feels that Ishant Sharma is too erratic as he has never led from the front to lead the Indian bowling attack. Ishant Sharma who is included in the Test squad for the South Africa tour was benched for the first Test where India lost by 72 runs. 

"He (Ishant Sharma) has played 78 (79) Test matches, to play 78 (79) Test matches for India is amazing. But I don't think he has ever led from the front and that has been a problem with him," said Kulkarni.

"He is too erratic, every-time he comes with new techniques, strategies, and that itself is very confusing for him," added the 55-year-old, who has played three Tests and 10 ODIs for India.

Kulkarni spoke on the sidelines of a function organised by Legends Club at the Cricket Club of India here.

Sharma, who made his Test debut against Bangladesh in 2007, has grabbed 226 wickets in 79 Test matches. The Delhi pacer has also picked up 115 wickets in 80 ODIs.

"In the last two series, he (Sharma) was acting very stupidly, reacting to the situations badly, and I think every time he comes out with something different and that is not making him very consistent," the 55-year-old former right-handed bowler said.

Kulkarni praised the present Indian attack but said fitness could be a matter of concern.
"The current scenario is very good as far as pace bowling is concerned.

We have enough resources, enough good bowlers and they are very talented. The only problem for me is the fitness of the players, there is no continuity.

"You will always find three bowlers playing one Test match, may be three-four Test matches, and then there will be a breakdown and that is an issue to be concerned about," he added.

Bowlers had put India on a cusp of a famous win in the Cape Town Test but the batsmen faltered as the visitors slumped to a 72-run defeat giving South Africa a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

"Apart from that, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and all (others) are very talented and they have proved in the last Test match (against South Africa), given a wicket like that they can rip apart any team. The second innings was exceptionally well," Kulkarni signed off.

(With PTI Inputs)

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