He went for 18 runs in an eventful second over filled with no-balls and Matthew Hayden’s aggro. It could have got to the 19-year old Ishant Sharma who was given the responsibility of taking the new ball but he came roaring back in style to torment the Australians. Hayden was taken out with a sucker ball and it took him just four balls to end Ricky Ponting’s misery. The ball kicked up alarmingly from just short of length, collided with the shoulder of the bat and flew to slips. Ishant had once again done in Ponting.
Australia went on to lose Michael Clarke soon and were stuttering at 64 for 4 but Andrew Symonds was still there. Dhoni gambled and brought back Ishant for another spell. Hussey played out his first over but Symonds came on strike in the next over. Four balls later he was gone, succumbing to another one that lifted and straightened a touch. Ishant had broken Australia’s back and India, eventually, surged on to a rare win against Australia at MCG.
Ishant’s pace has steadily climbed as the tour progressed. He touched 149.9 kmph today and hurled several deliveries in mid 140s. Quite a few leaped from short of a length, several cut back in sharply and some straightened. The potent mix of pace and seam movement was enough to rattle the Australians. Not many have harassed the modern Australian team like this. But then not many have bowled like Ishant has this summer. Tell the batsmen, Ishant has arrived.