India’s pace attack was lauded as lethal by many during the Test series against England, but former India bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth disagrees.
The 35-year-old was banned by the BCCI for his alleged involvement in the spot-fixing scandal during his time in the IPL for the Rajasthan Royals.
India were dominated by an England team that won the Test series 4-1, but the pace attack of Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami received praise for their performance during the series.
Ishant ended up as the second highest wicket-taker in the series with 18 scalps, behind England’s James Anderson, who took 24. Sreesanth, who formed part of the victorious India side of 2007, felt that the pace attack could have performed much better than they did.
‘I did follow the England series. I must say I was very disappointed with the bowling,’ he told the Mumbai Mirror. ‘The last series win was in 2007 which I was part of. RP Singh, Zaheer Khan and I were there. We saved a Test in Lord’s.
‘I am not trying to say the 2007 attack was better. But Ishant has been the most experienced bowler and he should have finished with 25 wickets, not 18. I am not saying five wickets in an innings. But five wickets in a Test was needed, like two-plus three wickets in each innings.’
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