Ishant is a treasure we need to protect

Ishant Sharma, the teen pace sensation of Indian cricket team, is a treasure which India needs to protect well to keep firing at the opposition batting line-ups, former India paceman TA Sekar said on Monday.
Sekar, the former MRF Pace Foundation head coach, said Sharma was a unique talent and needed to be handled cautiously. “Ishant is a treasure. We need to wrap him in cotton wool and protect him so that he can last long. He makes a good combination with Zaheer.”
“It’s important that we monitor his progress well. We should never play him if he feels even a little uncomfortable,” Sekar said on the sidelines of a fucntion here.
Sekar said the 20-year-old Sharma needs to improve his physique which will make him even better.
“He has to build up his body. That is going to help him survive for long. He knows his body best and should be given immediate rest even if he encounters a niggle,” he said.
However, Sekar did not read much into Sharma getting injured so early in his career as he missed the first two One-dayers of the India-England series. “Any bowler, who is bowling at a speed of 135 kms or more, will face some injuries. Ishant just had a niggle at that time and it was sensible to rest him.”
Meanwhile, former India strike bowler Javagal Srinath said the expo-sure of Twenty20 cricket has helped Zaheer Khan and Ishant become better bowlers in longer formats of the game.
“To some extent, the T20 cricket has helped bowlers. It’s a lot of pres-sure bowling in this format. It has helped Zaheer and Ishant, which was evident in the India’s performance against England in the ODIs,” Srinath said.
Recently England allrounder Andrew Flintoff had also said that rea-son for India’s domination in the Onedayers was their exposure to IPL, which helped Indian bowlers develop certain deliveries.
However, Sekar was not willing to buy Flintoff ’s theory and said the motive of saying that was different. “I do not agree with him (Flintoff). He wants to play in IPL and that’s why he suggested that in a way to his Board. They have played more Twenty20 cricket than India,”