India has produced many gem of the cricketers and when we talk about the fast bowlers, Kapil Dev, Javagal Srinath and Zaheer Khan were more like lone rangers during their days. However, earlier India had only limited fast bowlers in the team but now the team is blessed with eight to nine fast bowlers, which makes our Indian team a formidable Test outfit.
Ishant Sharma, with 238 wickets in 82 Test matches, he is the most capped player in the longest version. He has been a part of Indian dressing room for a period of 11 years, Ishant Sharma has seen many ups and downs and has undergone many transformation, both virtually and mentally.
In the upcoming five-series test match against England, Ishant Sharma alongwith Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami, will pose challenge for the top batsmen of England cricket team. Talking about the series and the fast bowlers in the Indian cricket team, he said:
“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,”
Talking about his decision of becoming a fast bowler and not a spinner, he said :
“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 a really 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.”
He also talked about the practice session he has been doing in the England. He said:
“The weather is so nice (in England), you can bowl long spells, the conditions are helpful. The ball is nice, the wicket is favourable. There’s a lot of difference between bowling in England and India,”
Ishant Sharma played an instrumental part in the India’s only Test victory during the 2014 series when Ishant went on to take 7 for 74 in the second innings at Lord’s, England. Talking about his career he said :
“I was not the one who really 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.”
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He also went on to state that it’s not just about bowling his overs but also about the hard work you put on your body. He said:
“We have become so much fitter because there is so much knowledge, and there is so much contribution from everyone. If you want to play a good amount of cricket for the country, you need to work hard. You can’t just bowl or just bat. You need to go into the gym, go running, look after your recovery system, your diet and everything,”
The upcoming five-match series are all set to start from August 1 and there is already so much excitement and anticipation among the fans for the series.
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