Waqar Younis, the new bowling consultant for the Hyderbad Sunrisers has said he is excited to work with Ishant Sharma, whom he thinks can become a better bowler. At Firstpost, we thought we would help Waqar out by finding out just how much room for improvement there is for Ishant. The answer: A whole lot.
Here are 10 fun stats about Ishant that will we guarantee we will leaving you shaking your head.
This season, Ishant is taking his wickets at a strike-rate of 144. So on average he needs 24 overs to dismiss one batsman. If he bowled all 90 overs in the day, Australia would still only be three down.
This one is courtesy @mohanstatsman. The list of most Test wickets for India this season reads as follows: Ashwin 50 wkts from 8 Tests, Ojha 33 from 6, Jadeja 14 from 3, Yadav 9 from 3, Harbhajan 7 from 3, Zaheer 7 from 5, Ishant 5 from 4. Yes, that’s right. Ishant has taken fewer wickets than Harbhajan and Zaheer.
The Mohali game is Ishant’s 50th Test. Over the previous 49, he has taken his wickets at an average of 38.63. That happens to be the worst average of any specialist bowler who has taken 100 wickets and played 50 Tests and is not named Ashley Giles.
The only team against which Ishant has a strike-rate under 50 is New Zealand (20.8). The next best is West Indies at 51.7. It then jumps to 79.4 against South Africa
His average against Australia for the last three years is 75.77. Of course that makes him India’s first choice fast bowler in a series against Australia.
Over that same period, Ishant has taken nine wickets from eight Tests against Australia, which works out to 1.12 wickets a Test (from 13 innings, that works out to 0.7 wickets an innings). Again, to remind, you, he is India’s leading fast bowler in this series.
His average is actually a little worse overseas over the last three years: 42.90 vs 39.75 at home.
In 2013, he has played 3 Tests (excluding Mohali) and has taken one wicket. His strike-rate is 291. So he has to bowl 48.3 overs to get a wicket. This explains why Dhoni keeps bowling him. He has to.
Since October 2011, over 12 Tests, his best figures in a Test are 3/91.
In 10 Tests at home over the last three years, he has taken 20 wickets. Essentially, India are playing him to make up the numbers because they certainly can’t be playing him a wicket-taking bowler.
A bonus 11th stat: The first no-ball Ishant bowled in this Test was his 83rd "no ball" in his career. Here's to many more.