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HindustanTimes Mon,29 Dec 2014
Happy with the way I am bowling at the moment: Ishant
N Ananthanarayanan , Hindustan Times
Auckland, February 06, 2014
First Published: 14:25 IST(6/2/2014)
Last Updated: 11:58 IST(7/2/2014)
Ishant Sharma (L) celebrates with team mate Cheteshwar Pujara (R) after dismissing New Zealand's Hamish Rutherford on day one of the Test at Eden Park in Auckland. (Reuters Photo)

Talking to the media is part of modern sport's requirement. In cricket, most other teams, including New Zealand, are trained to face the music. But the Indian Board doesn't put the players through any system.

This can lead to funny situations, especially if a player has no sense of context or is too anxious not to blurt out anything controversial.

After the hiding the pacers received from Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson, it was Ishant Sharma who arrived to brief the media. He had completed 150 Test wickets, though he is one of the slowest to get there.

One expected Ishant, the senior-most after Zaheer Khan, to explain why the pacers went off the boil after a good start. He declared, "We were still bowling in the right areas but you have to give credit to their batsmen. The wicket got better as the day progressed. On these kind of wickets you need to be patient and keep bowling in the good areas."

What about the catches put down? "Obviously you feel bad, but that is part and parcel of the game… The only thing you can control is to keep bowling in the good areas. Getting the batsmen out is our job and that is what we are trying to do."

After expressing satisfaction on his personal milestone, Ishant brushed aside criticism for poor bowling in the ODIs. "You have to know how to move on if you are a professional cricketer, if you have lost the one-dayers. You need to know how to move on in your life as a sportsman. We felt bad we lost the one-day series, but it's very important to move on."

But his reply to whether India overdid the short stuff bordered the philosophical. "I think we bowled in pretty good areas. They played good shots. We bowled enough bouncers and they kept on playing the pull over the top of the 'keeper and the slip cordon. You can't control all this."

What about letting the intensity slip? "Even as the wicket got flat and the ball got old, we kept bowling in the right areas. What is in our hand is that when the wicket goes flat, you have to be patient and see how to create pressure."

One seriously wished he had bowled in the right areas.


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