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Ishant Sharma downplays dropped catches in slips, says ‘no need to panic’

India pacer Ishant Sharma took three wickets in South Africa’s first innings of the second Test in Centurion.

cricket Updated: Jan 15, 2018 10:10 IST
Somshuvra Laha
Somshuvra Laha
Hindustan Times, Centurion
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Indian bowler Ishant Sharma (C) celebrates the dismissal of South Africa captain Faf du Plessis (not in picture) during the second day of the second Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion.(AFP)

India have dropped a few chances in the slip region and in the infield but Ishant Sharma refused to delve too much into them, saying they have coaches to address these problems. Several catches have already gone down in the slip region in both Tests but Ishant doesn’t want to blame the fielders. (IND v SA 2nd Test, Day 2 HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD)

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“We have coaches for that and everybody is pointing it out. We don’t have to react on all these things because it is part and parcel of the game. You know they are the fielders, and they will take brilliant catches for us, and they have taken brilliant catches for us, and I am sure they will in the future as well. So there is no need to panic in these things. All these situations, it’s okay, its part and parcel of the game, you just have to run hard, keep bowling and give your best to get them out,” he said on Sunday.

India looked flat when Mohammed Shami opened the bowling in Centurion and only when Ishant took over did India’s pace bowling become more penetrative.

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“Even bowlers are human beings, not a bowling machine that we can get wickets straightaway,” said Ishant when asked if there was more responsibility on him after Shami went for runs.

“I was not thinking much. The game was opening up a bit because of runs, so my effort was to keep bowling in good areas, and bowl in the batsman’s weak areas, set your fields and bowl according to plans. Don’t give away too many runs and that is what I was thinking,” he said.

First Published: Jan 15, 2018 09:11 IST