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The third Test to be held at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad from February 24 will be the 100th Test of the career of Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma. He will be the second Indian pacer to do so. Before him, former fast bowler Kapil Dev played 131 Tests. Ishant said that he wants Team India to reach and win the final of the World Test Championship (WTC). Ishant said it would be like winning the ODI World Cup for him. He said this during the virtual press conference.
Ishant made his debut in 2007 with 4 captains
Ishant, who debuted at the age of 18, has played under 4 captains in his career, including Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli. He said that it was because of bowling according to the captain’s expectation that he could survive in international cricket for so many days. Ishant made his Test debut against Bangladesh on 25 May 2007 under the captaincy of Dravid.
He got just 1 wicket in this match. When asked about the best captain, Ishant said that it is not necessarily how much the captains understood me. More important is how much I understood them. Ishant said that if the communication between the captain and the player is good, it is easy to get wickets as well.
Ishant last played in Australia 5 years ago
Ishant, who has taken 302 wickets in 99 Tests, has not played ODI cricket in the last few years. Ishant played his last ODI against Australia in January 2016. Asked whether it helped him become a Test Specialist? Ishant said, ‘It is not that I do not want to play white ball cricket. The more days I stayed away from it, the more I practiced fiercely. I do not want to harm my form in Test cricket because of ODIs. I’m playing a format, that’s enough for me. ‘
Ishant laughed at the question of playing like Anderson for 38 years
Asked whether he would be able to bowl till the age of 38, like English fast bowler James Anderson? Ishant laughingly replied that I would like to focus on 1-1 years now. We do not know what is going to happen next moment. Yes, from now on I have become professional about my recovery. I used to work hard during the first training and did not pay attention to recovery. Along with age, you also have to take care of your body.
‘Bumrah will play the most Test for India after me’
Asked which future Indian bowler will lead the pace bowling attack? Ishant said that I do not want to name one. But Jasprit Bumrah has that ability. I think Bumrah will play the most Test for India after me. However, this will also depend on their leadership quality. How he talks to the young bowlers and helps them.
Bowlers should bowl according to their strength
Ishant said, Navdeep Saini has speed, Siraj has control. You need to understand the bowlers’ strength. Everyone’s skill is different. If you ask Saini to bowl in the same area and Siraj to bowl at a speed of 140+ continuously, then it is not possible. Then you are not doing justice to their talent. As long as I feel that I am improving my game, I will keep playing for India.