On Ishant Reaching 300-Wicket Mark
When Ishant Sharma made his way into the Indian test cricket team twelve years ago, he instantly impressed fans with his physique, action and mannerisms. After a long time, someone who ‘looked’ like a fast bowler had stormed into the Indian national side. He had an unquestionable talent. Ishant’s career scaled new heights in 2008 when he tested the skills of the famed Australian batting line-up. It was a treat to watch the Delhi lad going all out against the Australians. Ricky Ponting became Ishant’s nemesis – the great batsman was huffing and puffing when he faced Ishant. Thereafter, the fast medium bowler went from strength to strength. During his long career, Ishant has often clocked bowling speeds of 150 km/hour, but settled to something less for the sake of longevity of career. Although he played in all forms of the game in his initial days, Ishant wisely concentrated on test cricket later on. With rest and recollection, he flowered into a bowler, who could beautifully optimise his skills. From being fast and furious, Ishant’s superb length variations and bowling varieties have bamboozled the batsmen. Only the sixth Indian bowler to reach the coveted 300-wicket mark – and the third pacer – Ishant Sharma has found a place in the sun alright but he has reached the landmark through years of hard work, and at 32, with 98 tests behind him, the man can achieve more provided he continues to utilise his talents and abilities with prudence.
GANAPATHI BHAT, AKOLA
Disengagement Along LAC
China’s military has announced that the front line troops of India and China have begun disengaging in a “synchronised and organised” manner from the north and south banks of the Pangong lake in Ladakh, where both sides have been locked in a stand-off for months. An official source in Delhi said this is the first step in the long process of disengagement and de-escalation. This restarts the stalled process of disengagement in the most protracted military stand-offs between India and China in decades that resulted in the death of 20 Indian soldiers and an unknown number of Chinese casualties at Galwan on June 15, 2020. The stand-off continued to create tension at the border and cause concern for both the governments. Both the governments have been engaging in talks but there was no ultimate solution to the pressing problem. Indian troops showing resilience were marking the border areas in an effort to avoid infiltration and attack on our forces. If everything goes well, it will be a success story for the Indian troops. However, we cannot believe the Chinese forces, as they are good at backstabbing and have broken promises in the past.
C K SUBRAMANIAM, NAVI MUMBAI