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NEW DELHI Dec 28 Ishant Sharma has not
been much of a handful for Australia's batsmen but the
superstitious Indian paceman will at least become a real
mouthful after tweaking his name in a bid to change his bowling
The lanky 23-year-old is battling indifferent form and a
fragile ankle but was diligently practising a new signature
after a graphologist advised him to change the spelling of his
name to 'Isshannt', local media reported on Wednesday.
Graphology is the study of hand-writing as expression of the
"I do not know how and why, but I'm more at peace now since
the signature change," the bowler was quoted as saying in a
report that appeared in Hindustan Times newspaper.
However, there was little evidence in the first test to
suggest the tactic had worked as Sharma toiled without success
in Australia's first innings but did claim a single victim in
the home team's ongoing second innings in Melbourne.
Despite generating plenty of speed, Sharma's problem could
be the amount of time he is devoting to perfecting his new
"Instinctively I still end up writing my old signature as it
is hard to give up. But I'm working on it. I have so far
exhausted about 20 notebooks practising.
"I haven't changed them in my bank account or official
papers as that is a long drawn-out process," the bowler added.
His father, however, was unaware of his son's actions.
"I'm not sure about it. He remains Ishant on paper and I'm
not aware if he has changed his autograph," Vijay Sharma told
Even if he has, Sharma junior can hardly claim to be a
Former India captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth, head of the
selection panel that picked Sharma for the four-test series, is
also believed to have added an extra lucky 'k' to his surname,
although he would not confirm the switch.
The same recipe for success prompted former all-rounder
Sanjay Bangar to spell his name 'Sunjoy' but his international
career stalled after he played 12 tests and 15 one-dayers
The trend is much stronger in Bollywood, India's
movie-churning machine, where Rakesh Roshan is known for
directing films with titles beginning with 'K'.
Some other directors have thrown an additional letter into
film titles while quite a few A-list actors have inserted an
extra 'a' in their names in the hope that the extra vowel will
result in extra income.
(Editing by John O'Brien; To comment on this story: email
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