Adelaide: Comeback seamer Irfan Pathan said he believed India had uncovered a new star in teenage paceman Ishant Sharma.
Like Pathan when he debuted just over four years ago, the teenager has burst onto the Test scene in Australia and is proving an inspired selection for the tour.
The 19-year-old from Delhi arrived in Australia as a long-term prospect with just two Tests under his belt, but has shown maturity beyond his years to lead an injury-stricken Indian attack.
His career figures of 12 wickets in 45.58 in five Tests don't do justice to the huge impression Sharma has made and he has again stood out in the Australian first innings here, claiming the big wickets of Matthew Hayden, Michael Clarke and Andrew Symonds in finishing with 3-115.
Pathan said Sharma would only continue to improve as a bowler and he expects him to benefit greatly from the Australian tour.
"He is going to grow as a cricketer here and learn a lot of things here," Pathan said.
"Especially the way he bowled in Sydney, the way he bowled in the practice game and the way he bowled in Perth and here.
"We have found a really, really good fast bowler for our team," he said.
"He is going to be good for world cricket too.
"I am really looking forward to seeing him progress in coming years."
Although he failed to take a wicket when called up in Sydney, Sharma should have had Andrew Symonds out caught behind, umpire Steve Bucknor's howler sparking an outcry and seeing him stood down from umpiring duties for the rest of the series.
Sharma then impressed with a superb spell in a practice match in Canberra to ensure he retained his place for the third Test in Perth.
He was a key player in Perth in India's shock win, snaring three wickets.
Sharma produced a stunning second innings spell to claim the prized scalp of Australian skipper Ricky Ponting.
Again here, Sharma has been lionhearted at the bowler's crease and was the most impressive of the Indian bowlers in Australia's first innings.
On a docile pitch that offered almost no assistance, he was almost unplayable at times and was willing to keep working in long spells.
"Wonderful, I can't say more than that," was how Pathan assessed Sharma's efforts.
"The way he has put in, he is just 19.
"When I see him I look back to myself, we are very different bowlers, he is quicker than me and more tall, but I started my cricket career here in Australia."