There's no getting around it: Much of the publicity Ishant Sharma has gotten in the past year has been negative. Since 2008, he's largely been India's only genuinely fast bowler. Yet, his wayward length and lack of variation made him a target for attacking batsmen. He took 13 wickets in 21 ODIs and just 11 wickets for 434 runs in Test matches. Though his place is under threat from Mohammed Shami, he's been called up for the tour of South Africa because of his experience and height.
Fast Fact: ?Ishant Sharma has the second-best ODI strike rate-balls per wicket-among Indian bowlers (after Ajit Agarkar), but also the second-worst economy rate.