Ishant Sharma will be champion bowler in month’s time if he comes to me: Manoj Prabhakar

Ishant Sharma was taken for 30 runs in the 48th over of the 3rd One-Day International  at Mohali against Australia © AFP

Oct 24, 2013

Former India pace bowler Manoj Prabhakar said that he will make Ishant Sharma a champion bowler if he gets a chance to work with the gangly bowler for a month.

Ishant was hit for 30 runs in the 48th over by James Faulkner in the third One-Day International (ODI) at Mohali.

“Ishant has to bowl for long hours in the nets. I really do not know how a yorker can be bowled with a crossed seam. It cannot land on the target. But most importantly, his basic problem is that his shoulder drops down. As a result, he looses his momentum and position,” Prabhakar told MiD DAY.

Prabhakar said Ishant faced similar problems in 2007 but he did rectify his issues. The subsequent tour of Australia in 2007-08 say Ishant trouble Ricky Ponting on a consistent basis.

Prabhakar wondered how Ishant’s problem of dropping his left shoulder early was undetected by Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis. Wasim and Waqar have been Ishant’s bowling coaches in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively.

Prabhakar accused that Ishant was not adviced to take his words by a former Indian bowling coach. Surprisingly Prabhakar’s last game for India was when he was hammered for 47 off four overs in a group World Cup 1996 game against Sri Lanka in Delhi.

“Ishant has to work hard on his bowling. His running is not a problem.
There are some technical issues, but if he comes to me, I will help him become a champion bowler again in a month. If not, I will never talk about cricket again,” said Prabhakar.