India vs Australia | Fox Sports reveals Ishant Sharma bowling six no-balls in one over; none given

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India vs Australia | Fox Sports reveals Ishant Sharma bowling six no-balls in one over; none given

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12/13/2018

Overstepping has been a problem with Ishant Sharma for long time and now Fox released a video, in which Ishant bowled 16 no-balls in the first innings itself. Surprisingly, he bowled all the deliveries in one over by overstepping the line and that forced Ricky Ponting to slam the level of umpiring.

In the final innings in Adelaide, Ishant bowled a no-ball to Aaron Finch and umpire raised his finger as well. However, upon checking the replays, it was called as a no-ball, much to the dismay of the bowler. Once again, Ishant’s ball hit Nathan Lyon on the pads, but umpire immediately called it a no-ball.

That intrigued Fox to check the videos that they have and they released that the Indian pacer had bowled a total of 16 times in the first innings alone. 

In a report, Fox revealed, “Sharma - India’s most experienced star with 88 Tests to his name — bowling four out of six no-balls in two separate overs during the first Test. Astonishingly, one over from the towering quick in Adelaide was bowled entirely over the mark. Not a single ball was legitimate.”

In the Bowlology podcast, Damien Fleming and Brad Hodge slammed the umpires and Hodge said Sharma was a “serial offender” and “hadn’t learned his lesson” in regards to overstepping the line.

“Seriously, the umpires have to start calling no-balls. I think they’ve got lazy. It’s runs to the batting team — how many more could have Australia got? It’s just no good for anyone,” Fleming said.

Ponting, during his broadcasting stint with Channel 7, lost his patience when the 30-year-old’s package was shown live.

“There is three or four from him, he is clearly over the front line and it hasn’t been called. It’s not acceptable in the game to have this many missed. I’ve said this for a number of years, I honestly don’t think the umpires look at the front line any more," the former Aussie skipper said. 

“They were blatantly obvious ones. As we all know they’ll only ever look at them if a wicket falls, which as far as I’m concerned is not right.”

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