Ishant Sharma feels bowling for Sussex with Duke ball helped him

first_imgIshant Sharma’s inspired spell of bowling left England reeling as the Indian speedster snared the eight five-wicket haul of his Test career on the third day of the first Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Friday.Ishant credited his time with English county side Sussex for his performance with the ball, saying that the stint gave him the much-needed confidence and experience ahead of the current tour of England.Ishant took 5 for 51 runs, including the wickets of Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler all in one over, which was his second five-wicket on on English soil to help India bowl out England for 180 in the second innings.”Playing county cricket has helped me a lot. I was disappointed a bit (on missing out IPL) but I figured whatever happens it’s for your good. It was a good experience and I enjoyed it a lot. I played for Sussex and bowling with Duke ball was good,” Ishant told reporters at the post day’s press conference last night.Also read – Can India win England’s 1000th Test? Key stats and numbers”The good thing was I had overs behind me. I played four matches for Sussex, and a few One-Day matches too, but I bowled nearly 250 overs in that.”It feels nice to represent your country, come abroad and take five wickets in an innings, especially the second one. I bowl hard but my wickets’ column doesn’t (always) become bigger. It feels nice to work hard as a bowler,” he added.advertisement Ishant Sharma played county cricket for Sussex before the England tour (Getty Images)Ishant bowled with pace, fire and plenty of aggression. He squared Malan up with a great outswinger before removing the dangerous Bairstow with a nice inswinger.Also read – Ishant Sharma revives Lord’s 2014 memories with inspired Edgbaston spellTwo balls later, Stokes had no clue how to deal with another outswinger from around the wicket. Next up, right after lunch, Ishant got Buttler to edge one behind the wickets to Dinesh Kartik.Ishant changed angles to come round the wicket and most of the English left-handed batsmen found it difficult to handle his swing.When asked about the ploy, Ishant said it was a pre-meditated plan.”In the first innings, we wanted to take the ball away from the left-handers. I started over the stumps but when the ball started to do things I came around.Also read – We need to get Virat Kohli out early, says Sam Curran”Bowling coach told me to come around the stumps straightway. It becomes a difficult angle for the batsmen. When I start to swing the ball, it becomes very difficult for the left-handers,” he said.Accused of being a “defensive bowler” for post of career, Ishant’s defends himself saying that he just bowls according to the situation of the match.”I don’t know where the label (of being a defensive bowler) came from. I try to bowl depending on the situation. I just go with my gut feel and situation of the game,” he said.Also read – Virat Kohli booed at Edgbaston, responds with epic Test hundred”At times you have to bowl defensively and at times you have to bowl attackingly. It depends on the situation, how you will deal with it, and I try to adapt to situation and bowl accordingly,” Ishant added.India ended day three at 110 for 5, still needing 84 runs for a historic win in England’s 1000th Test match. Virat Kohli will be resuming the innings unbeaten on 43 in the company of Dinesh Karthik (18).Ishant is confident of an Indian win with Kohli still there at the crease, even though many have raised questions on the visitor’s batting line-up.Also read – Virat Kohli takes a few hours, buries the demons of 2014 England tour”He (Kohli) is someone who always gives you positive energy and that is a big thing as captain. He always wants to do something special for Team India and everybody knows how professional he is,” he said.”The good thing is that I have scored a 50 in county cricket, so I am carrying that confidence in my batting as well. Hopefully, they don’t need me, and Virat and DK will do the job.”India were reduced to 78 for five at one stage, before Kohli and Karthik held fort until stumps to raise visions of victory.”It gives us a lot of confidence because Virat has scored 150-odd in the last innings. DK got out cheaply in the first innings, but you can see that he has positive intent,” Ishant said.advertisement”Losing five wickets doesn’t mean much because we got their batsmen out quickly as well. Cricket is such a game that you can chase down small totals easily with one big partnership.”I think the tough period is gone. The wickets in England aren’t very helpful to be honest, and it is all down to sun god. If sun is out there is no problem. It is problematic only when it is cloudy and then swing starts,” he signed off.(With inputs from PTI)last_img

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