Which of these ATG is better?
Vinay is, in a paradoxical way, "better" than Sharma, because Vinay has almost no redeeming qualities whatsoever where as Ishant, if you squint, at least seems to have potential.
Which, of course, means that Vinay will only play a few games while Ishant plays 50.
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Dinda belongs in that discussion.
I think it has to go to Ishant tbh. Vinay Kumar is a bowler of lesser potential, so you can't totally blame him for getting smacked, though he has no business bowling anything short or boal. Ishant is just the prodigal son when it comes to his ability. Contrary to the common Indian 'Fast' Bowling narrative, Ishant hasn't lost his pace. He is just found lacking in every other way
tl;dr: It's easier for me to be angry with Ishant than with Vinay
If you dig deep enough in the realms of CW you'll find posts of me demanding Vinay Kumar get a test cap.
I'm unsure whether I agree with the idea that Ishant does or ever did have potential. Most young fast bowlers start with a high average for the first few years because they get too excited looking for wickets and tend to overpitch the ball looking for wickets.
Ishant has been the opposite. He has never been guilty of consistently overpitching the ball. He simply never pitches it up. whereas for plenty of fast bowlers the first few years aren't really an indication of their talent, for Sharma they have been.
The reality is that any tall fast bowler is going to look good on occasion because the bounce is such that good length balls rise up sharply on decent (i.e. Australian and South African) wickets for fast bowlers. That alone may make the batsmen hop around, but as we've known for years, it's not going to get you the wicket of test quality batsmen.
Sure Ishant's talent/potential may have been over-estimated or exaggerated. But there is no way in hell someone with his attributes should be as **** as he is nowadays. In 2008 he was genuinely threatening, even on Indian wickets. His series vs. Aust in India in 2008 was quite good.
To me he's a disgrace because he's genuinely a dumb bowler. Like absolutely stupid.
I mean he's getting worse and worse.
Honestly, we could be saying the same thing about Doug Bracewell in a few years.
The difference between averaging 31 and 38 is huge though. Its mammoth.
I think other players with his attributes who weren't dumb ****s would have a better record.
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