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'Ishant Sharma has been a real workhorse for India'

July 21, 2016 21:00 IST

IMAGE: India's Ishant Sharma during a nets session. Photograph: Getty Images.

It's not everyday that an Indian bowling attack is touted as favourites going into an away series but Craig McDermott feels that Ishant Sharma's "workhorse" like ability will give Virat Kohli the edge against the West Indies in an away Test series. 

"I like Ishant Sharma. He has been a real workhorse for India. Look at the number of balls he has bowled at such young age (13,419 balls). There are times when he has bowled short as he is a tall guy. If he can hit the right length at that pace of 140-145 kmph, he can trouble the West Indies batsmen," former Australian cricketer McDermott told PTI during an interaction.

The 51-year-old till recently was the Australian bowling coach and had seen the Indian bowlers up close. The other bowler who has caught his attention was Varun Aaron, who is currently with the India A team. 

"I had seen Aaron when he came to Australia last time. He gets some shape with the ball which is a good thing. What I like about India is that they now have five genuine quick bowlers to fall back on," said the 51-year-old, who had 291 wickets from 71 Tests.

Having been to West Indies a multiple time as player and a coach, McDermott has witnessed a transformation in the character of pitches from being fast and bouncy to slow turners. 

"In West Indies, the length will be key as the wickets would not have much bounce. They are playing in Antigua where it will be low bounce. At Kingston in Jamaica, it has become very slow. In St Lucia, I remember Australia playing an ODI where there was fair bit of bounce. But this Indian attack I feel is well versed."

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