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Ishant Sharma: Hurts to be ignored for limited-overs cricket

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma

Indian pacer Ishant Sharma is a prominent member of the Test side. More often than not, he serves as the leader of the attack. He becomes even more important when the Men in Blue play overseas. But the 30-year-old is now only limited to the longest format of the game. He doesn’t feature in India’s limited overs side anymore.

Ishant last played an ODI way back in January 2016 against Australia in Sydney. Since then, he has been looked at as a Test specialist only. However, it doesn’t go well with the pacer that he is ignored for white ball cricket.

“It hurts to be ignored for limited-overs cricket. I feel bad to be not part of the one-day team. I want to play all three formats. But I can’t control. If I get frustrated and keep thinking that I am just a Test player, then it would affect my Test cricket,” Ishant told The Times of India.

I always go for a kill: Ishant Sharma

The next assignment for Ishant will be in Australia where he will represent the side in the Test series. He feels that it could be his last series down under given he is 30. Also, he mentioned that he would give his everything like he always does.

“I am 30 right now. I don’t know if I will be on the next tour as I will be 34 then. I’ll give whatever I have in me. Anyway, I always go for a kill as you don’t get a second chance playing for your country,” said Ishant.

The Delhi-lad earned his name on India’s tour of Australia in 2007-08. He bowled a ferocious spell to Ricky Ponting in Perth that gave him fame. From those young days to now, he has become a mentor to the young bowlers in the team.

“I share my experience. I can set the field and tell other bowlers about the lengths to bowl. I try to ensure that once they become seniors, they can be good seniors. I can tell you that I am mature. I can set my fields and bowl according to the situations. As you grow old, the body has a lot of wear and tear. It’s all about your mental state,” added the pacer.


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