Indian pacer Ishant says his impressive county stint with Sussex gave him much-needed confidence
He always wants to do something special for Team India and everybody knows how professional he is," he said.
Back in the reckoning after registering his eighth five-wicket haul, Indian pacer Ishant Sharma says his impressive county stint with Sussex gave him the much-needed confidence and experience ahead of the current tour of England.
"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's ball was good," Ishant told reporters at the post day's press conference last night.
"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.
Ishant bowled a sensational spell in the post-lunch session and destroyed the English middle order. He changed angles to come round the wicket and most of the English left-handed batsmen found it difficult to handle his swing.
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.
"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.
For most of his career, Ishant has been labeled as a "defensive bowler", but the experienced campaigner begs to differ.
"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.
"At times you have to bowl defensively and at times you have to bowl attacking. It depends on the situation, how you will deal with it, and I try to adapt to situation and bowl accordingly," Ishant added.
India finished day three at 110 for 5, still needing 84 runs for victory. Skipper Virat Kohli was unbeaten on 43 in the company of Dinesh Karthik (18).
Even though the visitors find themselves in a precarious spot, Ishant is confident of India's win with Kohli still there at the crease.
"He (Kohli) is someone who always gives you positive energy and that is a big thing as a 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 was reduced to 78 for five at one stage before Kohli and Karthik held the fort until stumps to raise visions of victory.
"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 the sun god. If the sun is out there is no problem. It is problematic only when it is cloudy and then swing starts," he signed off.
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