Ishant Sharma

Ishant Sharma has picked 94 wickets in 65 ODIs so far at an average of 30.02 © Getty Images

Aug 20, 2013

Former New Zealand fast bowler and one of the best to have played the game, Richard Hadlee said on Tuesday, that Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma has failed to live up to the hype so far.

“He surely made an impact when he came on the scene. I expected a lot more from him. I don’t know what it is, maybe the lengths he bowls. But something is not right. And something is not working,” Hadlee said, as reported by the Hindustan Times.

Hadlee also praised out-of-favour pacer Zaheer Khan and hoped to see him play for India again.

“He’s a fine bowler. Zaheer can change the pace so subtly. He can swing the ball both ways. He had some real aggression about him.

“He gets wickets out of nowhere really. Suddenly something happens, and he picks up a wicket. I do hope that he beats his fitness issues and makes a comeback.

“He’s a quality bowler. And India could really use him on overseas trips,” he added.