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Now Ishant Sharma shows middle finger

Ishant Sharma showed his middle finger to the assembled cricket fans as he and his team mates, went to do go-karting at a local club.

The Indians were leaving the go-karting venue at the time Ishant flashed the middle finger, and the image was captured by a photographer from the West Australian newspaper.

A number of Indian cricketers, including skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and batting icon Sachin Tendulkar, went for go karting.

It’s the second time when an Indian cricketer has shown his middle finger at fans during the tour. Virat Kohli did so during the second Test at SCG.

Name Change: Ishant Sharma is now Isshannt Sharma

Indian pacer Ishant Sharma has reportedly changed his signature on the suggestion of Ramesh Yadav, a Hyderabad-based graphologist.

Ishant has added an extra “s” and “n” to his first name. He now spells his name as Isshannt as someone has advised him it would bring him good fortune.

“Initially, I couldn’t believe how a signature change can bring success. I wasn’t prepared to do what Mr Yadav was telling me to. Then, I thought I should give it a shot. And I must say it worked for me,” said Ishant.

“I do not know how and why, but I’m more at peace now since the signature change.”

“I haven’t changed them in my bank account or official papers as that is a long drawn process,” he added.

Ishant is diligently practising new signature but he is yet to get it right on the first go.

“Instinctively I still end up signing my old signature as it is hard to give up. But I’m working on it. I have so far exhausted about 20 notebooks practicing.”

Squad has been selected based on English conditions: Srikkanth

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chairman of selectors Krishnamachari Srikkanth on Saturday said that the 16-man squad for the ODI series against England was selected on basis of the conditions in England.

“I think the one day team has been selected again purely on performance, concentrations and conditions prevailing in England and taking into consideration, how we have been performing,” Srikkanth said.

“We have selected the team on the basis of the conditions in England and with a lot of deliberation and thought.”

Rahul Dravid has made a surprise comeback into the ODI squad after being on the sidelines for two years.

The last time Dravid played an ODI was in September 2009 against the West Indies during the Champions Trophy in South Africa.

M.S. Dhoni will captain the squad, while Virender Sehwag will be the vice-captain.

The team will be without off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who suffered Grade I Abdominal Muscle strain during the second Test leading to his being ruled out of the remaining two games, and injured Yuvraj singh.

Yuvraj Singh, who fractured his left index finger on the fourth day at Trent Bridge while facing up to a bouncer from Tim Bresnan, has not been considered for the limited overs series.

“Yuvraj Singh is one of our main players but unfortunately when you have a fracture in the finger, you cannot do anything about it,” he said.

“They [Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj] Singh are coming back. They will have to undergo rehab at NCA. So with regard to all those people, we will have to cross the bridge only when they prove their fitness.

“Yuvraj has got fracture so obviously it will take that bit of time for him to recuperate.

Srikkanth feels that India, who trail 0-2 in the four-match test series against England, would make a strong comeback.

“There are times when team undergoes through tough phase and this particular series has been one like that. We lost the first two Test matches, but I am confident of a string comeback by the boys,” he said.

“During South Africa series, we lost the first Test badly and then we came back strongly and won the second Test match and almost won the series,” the former India captain tried to put up a brave front.

“Don’t forget we have Virender Sehwag back in the team, we have Gambhir and Zaheer coming back in the team. So I think the experience of Sehwag, Gambhir and Zaheer will help us to fight back strongly and do well in the next two Test matches,” he said.

“There are times when best of the teams also go through tough times. I mean it happens and you need to accept it very gracefully. I don’t want to give any excuses, let us accept the fact that England played better than India in the first two Test matches and move on rather than complaining we could have done this or done that,” the chairman added.

The Indian team for the ODI series: M.S. Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag (vice-captain), Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Zaheer Khan, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Ishant Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Amit Mishra and Parthiv Patel.

There are no devils in the wicket: Prior

Matt Prior scored a quick century to to get give England a big lead of 457 at Lord’s but warned that they still have plenty of work to do on the final day.

England, who at one time were 62 for five due to a stunning spell from Ishant Sharma, were boosted by Prior’s 103 not out and Stuart Broad’s 74 not out.

India closed on 80-1 in deep trouble with some 378 runs needed for an unlikely win.

Matt Prior said, “I think we’re probably just ahead but there are still a lot of runs in that wicket.”

“There are no devils in the wicket, it’s still a pretty good deck. There are a huge amount of runs there, certainly when the ball gets a bit older.

“Graeme Swann’s going to play a huge part for us tomorrow and there is a lot of hard work ahead. India’s batting line-up is pretty strong and the ball might not be swinging around and seaming around like the first innings.

“We might go an hour without taking a wicket but hopefully we’ll have one of those silly hours where we’ll take three or four.”

Prior said that he was not expecting to be batting before lunch.

“I wasn’t really expecting to be batting before lunch. I was looking at the menu and thinking ‘I’ll have the rack of lamb, that’ll be nice’ and then there I was taking guard!” he explained.

“The first thing was to try and build a partnership, settle everything down because the crowd was noisy, the Indian fielders were up for it and Ishant was bowling very well.

“I felt pretty nervous walking out today to be honest. But what’s not to love about it (Lord’s).

“It’s a flat deck, a quick outfield and the sun always shines on me whenever I walk out to bat. I made my debut here and I always love coming back.”

Sharma, who returned 4-59 after going wicketless in the first two days, said that he was not using the slope in the first innings but speaking to Zaheer Khan about it helped him in the second innings.

“In the first innings I was not used to the slope, it is my first Test match at Lord’s and I didn’t know how to use it,” he said.

“I spoke to Zaheer (Khan) about it and he helped me a lot to learn about the slope.

“The way I bowled in the second innings, I felt really happy. If I could have bowled similar lengths in the first innings maybe we could have been in a different position.”

India are hopeful Gautam Gambhir, who was struck on the elbow with a powerful sweep from Prior, will be okay to bat in the morning as there are no breaks.

Sachin Tendulkar is likely to bat lower down after he missed two sessions in the field with a viral infection.

Brief scores:

  • England 1st innings 474/8 in 131.4 overs decl. (Kevin Pietersen 202, M Prior 71, Praveen Kumar 5/106)
  • India 1st innings  286 all out in 95.5 overs  (Rahul Dravid 103*, Abhinav Mukund 49, Stuart Broad 4/37, C Tremlett 3/80)
  • England 2nd innings  269/6 in 71 overs decl. (Matt Prior 103*, Stuart Broad 74*, Ishant Sharma 4/59)
  • India 2nd innings 80/1 in 27 overs (R Dravid 34*, VVS Laxman 32*)

Not disappointed about stopping the run chase: Dhoni

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said Sunday that the visitors could have lost the third Test had they pressed hard for a win against the West Indies on a difficult track at the Windsor Park.

Chasing 180 for a win, India were 94 for three when Dhoni decided to call off the match with 15 overs left. India had to settle for a draw in the third Test but won the series 1-0.

“Not disappointed about stopping the run chase. We were risking a series win going after the target. We realised that it was not worth going for it after those wickets, we gave it a go but we are happy with the series win,” Dhoni said.

“We did well in this game. West Indies batted well actually, we are not disappointed in any way,” he said.

Asked about the wicket, Dhoni said: “We were not sure about the wicket. If we go with a 2-2 combination and the track turns out to be flat, that can be a problem. We knew we had bowlers who could spin the ball if it started taking turn, like Raina.”

“Harbhajan was getting a bit of spin and bounce and he got valuable wickets. Not much help for the fast bowlers, they did well,” he said.

Dhoni said the series helped the youngsters and also praised Man of the Series Ishant Sharma, who finished with 23 wickets.

Ishant said: “This is my first series where I took the highest wickets. It’s kind of an Indian track, slow and flat, but you have to put in the effort as these things are beyond your control. I am pretty confident about myself, looking forward to England.”


Ishant could be India’s answer to Tremlett in England series

India’s bowling coach Eric Simmons feels the tall and lanky Ishant Sharma could be a perfect answer to England fast bowler Chris Tremlett in the Test series starting later this month.

Simmons, a former South African fast bowler, said if Ishant controls the ball, like he is doing in the ongoing series against the West Indies, the 6′ 4″ fast bowler can come handy on the bouncy pitches of England.

“If he bowls with the control he has got now, Ishant can be a real handful in England. He has obviously got the height. His ability to get bounce out of a wicket from a fuller length is crucial. He is getting more confident now that his control is back. The no-balls are disappearing. He’s going to start finding the pace that he has. To try and bowl quicker when you haven’t got confidence is not going to work,” Simmons was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.com.

“I think now he’ll start bowling consistently at 140kph, 141, 142, and that’s just going to add to his strength. The only thing is he can drift down leg now and then, but it is a minor issue,” he added.

Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott tipped the 6′ 7″ Tremlett to trouble the Indian batsmen with his bounce and pace. Boycott said Tremlett reminds him of three greats – Curtley Ambrose, Joel Garner and Glenn McGrath.

Simmons, like Boycott, also feels that pace spearhead Zaheer Khan can trouble England captain Andrew Strauss.

“He has the ability to knock over Andrew Strauss during a crucial moment in the game against England at the World Cup, and to take crucial wickets in a Test when the ball starts reversing and the match is going nowhere,” he said.

Simmons said that Zaheer had taken the right step but opting out of the Test series in the West Indies for rest.

“He also understands his body really well. He picks up on niggles very early. At times something could have grown more serious, but he picked it up early and pulled himself off. He has the ability to fix things. Now even Ishant has started to do that. I used to tell Ishant that his front arm was going over, that he was falling over. Now he is fixing things himself. Zaheer has the ability to fix things in the middle, and not wait for tea or lunch break. His break has been a blessing in disguise. He has played a lot of cricket. He went into the IPL from the World Cup. That must have been difficult,” he said.

Important to dismiss West Indies early: Ishant

Indian speedster Ishant Sharma says his team will be looking to polish off the West Indies tail within the morning session on day five of the third Test to give themselves an easy target in the fourth innings.

The West Indies were 224 for six in their second innings, leading by a mere 81 runs at close of play.

Ishant, the leading wicket-taker in the three-match series with 22 wickets at a stupendous average of 15.13, feels the track at the Windsor Park here is not easy for batsman and they will look chase a minimum target on a “difficult wicket”.

“It is not easy to play bouncers on this track. It is a slow surface and we need to be patient, the less they (West Indies) make the better for us,” said Ishant.

Ishant reckoned that even Kirk Edwards, who struck a sublime 110 on debut, found it tough against the short-pitch stuff.

“He (Edwards) was top edging bouncers and luckily for him most of them landed safely. Having said that, he played well but he had luck on his side too.”

The 22-year-old said they did well to keep the West Indies under run rate under control though Edwards and Shivanrine Chandepaul, who is batting at 73, were able to frustrate the opposition with a 161-run stand for the fourth wicket.

“I still feel we bowled very well and didn’t allow them to score at a rate of more than 2-odd per over.”

Ishant shines on rain-hit second day, Harbhajan gets 400th Test scalp

Half-centuries from Carlton Baugh and Darren Bravo failed to stop the West Indies batting from again being undermined by Ishant Sharma in the rain-hit third Test against India Thursday, after Harbhajan Singh became the 11th bowler to capture 400 career wickets.

Baugh hit the top score of 60, and Bravo supported with 50, but Ishant collected five wickets for 77 runs from 21.3 overs, as West Indies were dismissed for 204 in their first innings on the second day at Windsor Park.

India were eight for no loss, when rain and bad light forced an early close.

Illness to Ravi Rampaul almost undermined West Indies, but typically rainy weather was again kind to them, and offered a temporary reprieve.

Rampaul fell ill, was vomitting, and had to be taken to hospital for medical treatment, reducing the West Indies’ bowling stock.

West Indies captain Darren Sammy had to share the new ball with Fidel Edwards, but the seasonal weather gave the hosts and Rampaul a few more hours to recover.

Only 80.3 overs out of a possible 180 have been delivered over the first two days of the Test being staged in the Dominica capital for the first time.

It was the second time in the series that Ishant collected five wickets, following his six for 55 in the first innings in the drawn second Test at Kensington Oval in Barbados.

Bravo added 59 for the sixth wicket in counter-attacking style with Baugh before he was caught behind off Sharma, stroking eight fours from 134 balls in a little more than three and a half hours of batting.

West Indies captain Darren Sammy put on a valuable 41 with Baugh to inch his side closer to the 200-run threshold.

But Sammy was caught at forward short leg for 20 off Harbhajan to trigger a collapse that saw West Indies lose their last four wickets for five runs from 57 deliveries.

Baugh became Harbhajan’s landmark Test scalp, when he gave himself room to cut a sharply turning delivery from the patka-wearing off-spinner, and was bowled. The diminutive wicketkeeper-batsman struck six fours and one six from 79 balls.

Tail-enders Fidel Edwards and Devendra Bishoo offered token resistance before Sharma bowled them both off the inside edge, taking his aggregate of wickets to a series-high 21.

Harbhajan ended with two for 26 from 15 overs.

Before lunch, West Indies remained under pressure, when two wickets – one of them, the prized scalp of Shivnarine Chanderpaul – set West Indies back on 128 for five.

The weather, which restricted the two sides to just 31.1 overs on the opening day, delayed play until 20 minutes after the regularly scheduled start.

West Indies started steadily from their overnight total of 75 for three, but Chanderpaul, playing in his West Indies record 133rd Test, was caught behind for 23 off Munaf Patel in the first hour.

Marlon Samuels suffered a blow to the helmet early from Ishant Sharma, and never looked settled before Praveen Kumar bowled him for nine, dragging a delivery into his stumps.

In the closing stages before the interval, Bravo essayed an imperious extra cover drive off Sharma, and Baugh swung off-spinner Harbhajan Singh over square leg for a six to bring the modest crowd alive.

Kumar finished with two for 22 from 16 overs.

West Indies trail 0-1 in the three-Test series, following a 63-run defeat in the first Test inside four days at Sabina Park in Jamaica, and a draw in the second Test at Kensington Oval in Barbados.