Ponting claims Ishant to be a dangerous proposition

Melbourne, Feb 10 (UNI) Captain Ricky Ponting heaped praise on his nemesis Ishant Sharma claiming him to be a 'dangerous' proposition for even the best batsmen in the world after the home team suffered a five-wicket loss against India at the MCG today.

''He's looked dangerous. With the angles he creates he can be pretty dangerous against the left-handers as well and he swings the ball away from them,'' Ponting said.

He further added that Sharma's nack of bringing the ball in to the right-handers can make it more difficult to tackle him.

''He's a little bit different in the fact that he probably brings the ball back into right-handers more than most right-arm bowlers that we've faced.

''Normally as a right-handed batsman you usually only get the ball coming back in from left-armers. He's tall, he hits the deck pretty hard and he gets a little bit of inconsistent bounce off the wicket,'' he added.

The 32-year-old Aussie skipper seemed impressed with the way Sharma has improved in the series, starting from the Tests, ''he's been a big improver for India through this tour.'' Ishant Sharma, who has already picked Ponting thrice this summer, seemed pleased with Ponting's accolades.

''Ponting is one my favorite batsmen and if you get the batsman complimenting you, it feels good,'' a modest Sharma said.

The 19-year-old admitted that it was the team plan which was implemented effectively that helped India to emerge victorious.

''We had our plans for each batsman and I just worked on that.

For Ponting, it was to bowl to him on the fourth stump,'' he stated.


Story first published: Tuesday, February 12, 2008, 13:20 [IST]
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