Mohali, Oct 20: Ishant Sharma has by far been the worst bowler for India in the ongoing ODI series against Australia. And on Saturday night (October 19), not only did he hand the match to the opposition in the space of six balls but also seems to have bowled himself out of the team.
Ishant was in the firing line as James Faulkner smashed him for 30 runs in the 48th over of the match at the PCA Stadium.
As a result of Ishant's hammering, Australia, from nowhere won the game chasing 304.
The lanky speedster has been the subject of jokes on social media sites such as Twitter. And it continued after Mohali mauling.
His statistics speak of how bad the Delhi seamer has been in the series. In three matches, he has failed to finish his quota of 10 overs.
Ishant has been the most expensive of India's bowlers (excluding Virat Kohli who bowled 2 overs for 30 in the series). He has conceded 189 runs in his 24 overs spread over three contests.
His two wickets have come at 94.5 runs per scalp. His economy rate has been 7.87. And his strike rate would make a batsman proud - 72!
Captain MS Dhoni was upset with his bowlers and said they need not be "spoonfed" on how to bowl. Dhoni's 139 not out ended up on the losing cause because of the dismal show by the bowlers.
The 25-year-old Ishant's 68-ODI and 51-Test journey might have hit a roadblock now. It is time for the selectors to send him to domestic level and return stronger in the interest of Indian cricket.
While India's batting has been super hit, bowling is a super flop.
This is a big worry.
Ishant Sharma's series
1st match: 7-0-56-1
2nd match: 9-1-70-0
3rd match: 8-1-63-1
Combined analysis 26-2-189-2
Ishant in 3 ODIs 7/56/1 9/70/0 8/63/1 Forget the runs & lack of wickets - he's not bowled his quota even once. Why is he playing? #IndvAus— ashenai (@ashenai) October 19, 2013