The exclusion of Indian pace supremo Ishant Sharma from the World Cup squad saw the pundits despair over the loss of India’s most experienced pace man. As all of India watched with diminished hopes, Mohit Sharma pulled a bunny out of the bag. As for the pundits they now seem to suggest that the prospects of winning the World Cup for the Men in Blue are back on track.
Mohit Sharma: A Story Of Hard Work And Self-Belief
For many, the emergence of Mohit Sharma goes back to a successful outing in IPL 2013. The story has its roots in the summer of 2012. Amid all the fanfare and the excitement of the IPL, 24 year old Mohit Sharma was doing the hard yards in the nets. Although he had not been picked up by any franchise for the IPL, Mohit was determined to get his career back on track following a terrible Ranji Trophy season.
The year 2013 started with the medium pacer from Haryana picking up 37 wickets in just 9 matches! The impressive figures were a sheer evidence of his rehabilitation with the help of reputed coach Ian Pont. The year 2013 marked a significant change in the life of Mohit Sharma. Apart from being picked up by the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL auction, the pacer received his first India cap in August of 2013. His strong performance saw him pick up the Man of the Match award on debut, against Zimbabwe, as he finished with figures of 2/21.
Indian Bowling In Cricket World Cup 2015
The Indian cricket team’s inability to find quality fast bowlers over the years has been a cause for concern. However, when it comes to ICC competitions, the Indian bowling performances have been much better, in recent history. However the Indian cricket team has always had to play under intense media scrutiny and each time the Indian pace attack does not perform to its potential, the knives are out with the press, fans and pundits alike sharing their two cents of wisdom and advise.
The current ICC Cricket World Cup has seen a more disciplined Indian bowling attack. Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami have come good, especially against the likes of Pakistan and South Africa. Mohit Sharma’s different philosophy of bowling has added a new dimension to the bowling attack.
Why Mohit Sharma?
Mohit Sharma’s fastest delivery is approximately 137 kmph. His small stature and his inability to swing the ball as much as the others is not a favorable attribute for a pace bowler. It raises a question, Why do India and MS Dhoni persist with him?
Although a case can be made for Mohit Sharma being the lucky charm for the Indian team, his major asset lies in his consistency. His ability to run in and bowl the same testing line and length over and over again has made him an undoubted revelation in Indian cricket. In addition he has a sharp bouncer, and his scalp of Hashim Amla in India’s second World Cup match is proof of his hard work , consistency and ability to work out a top class batsman.
He Came, He Saw, He Conquered
Mohit Sharma’s rapid rise into the international cricket scenario is the stuff of fairy tales. For many, the transition from domestic cricket to international cricket takes a lot of time, but for Mohit Sharma, it has been a completely different story. ” He came, He Saw, He Conquered”. Here’s wishing the journey continues and the conquest of batsmen continues unabated !