Indian pacer Ishant Sharma seems to be pretty confident with the present Indian bowling attack. He has mentioned that the current Indian team could take on the likes of Australian and English units in the upcoming test series without any scuffle, owing to India’s formidable bowling combinations.
The senior-most pacer of the Indian team even drew comparisons with the previous era of Indian bowlers that consisted of Kapil Dev, Javagal Srinath and Zaheer Khan, and the present unit, and how situations have changed over the years.
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A veteran of 82 test matches with 238 test wickets to his name, Ishant Sharma feels that along with Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav, he would form a deadly pace trio which could turn out as a nightmare for English unit in the tests that would commence from the 1st August in Edgbaston, Birmingham.
“Everybody used to say that India can’t produce fast bowlers. Now we have probably eight to nine good fast bowlers, anytime who can play test cricket for India. We have a pretty good chance to win a series in England and Australia, because of the kind of attack we have.”
The 29-year-old jokingly mentioned his decision to take up fast bowling and how enjoyable it is for him to bowl at high speeds.
“Whatever I choose is my choice, so I can’t really blame anyone why I didn’t become a spinner and why I’m a fast bowler. Fast bowling obviously it’s a difficult thing to do, a lot of toll on your body. But it’s really an enjoyable thing as well. It tests your character, tests your strength. It’s really good for me to be a fast bowler. Even in India, I’m still happy.”
Ishant Sharma shares his experience of playing in England
Ishant Sharma played a huge role in India’s victory at Lord’s, back on their tour to England in 2014. His 74-7 against the likes of Joe Root, Alastair Cook, Garry Balance helped India ensure a solitary victory over the English team.
The Indian pacer also sheds light on the difference in the conditions between India and England.
“The weather is so nice, you can bowl long spells, the conditions are helpful. The ball is nice, the wicket is favorable. There’s a lot of difference between bowling in England and India.”
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Having been an integral part of the Indian unit for almost 11 long years, Ishant Sharma has witnessed the change in the style of cricket owing to the varied fitness standards and sophisticated technologies coming in.
“I wasn’t the one who believed in training. I didn’t have too much knowledge about training. So I wasn’t training that much. When I went home, I was not doing anything. Just relaxing. I think that’s the point, I changed my life and improved my cricket skill level.”
With so much of overseas experience under his belt, Ishant Sharma feels that the grueling situations have helped him mature as a player.
“Earlier, I was really raw. I didn’t know much about bowling. I would just bowl fast. Now I know like, what the batsman is doing, how is the weather, how the wicket is going to behave, then after how many overs what you need to do and everything. You need to adapt and bowl according to the situation.”
SOURCE: TIMES OF INDIA