New Delhi: Injured speedster Ishant Sharma may not have lived upto his potential in the past few years but India's former bowling coach Eric Simons feels that team should invest in the lanky speedster as he has the ability to lead the attack once Zaheer Khan retires.
"Ishant Sharma has tremendous potential and has the ability to lead this Indian attack. He can be a bowler in the Glenn McGrath mould. There have been times when he has got those three or four wickets but didn't finish with five or six wickets which is frustrating," Simons said when asked about possible replacement of Zaheer.
The 23-year-old seamer, who has taken 133 wickets in 45 Tests, recently had an ankle surgery and is out of IPL 5.
Questioned on what exactly has been Ishant's drawback, Simons replied, "He certainly has to check the length he is bowling but India should invest in him as he is a special talent."
Critics have often questioned about Ishant's lack of wicket-taking ability and below mediocre strike-rate (around 66 or a wicket per 11 overs) but Simons defended the bowler.