England vs India: I have admired Ishant Sharma for long: Dale Steyn

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England vs India 2018: Have been a big fan of Ishant for a long time, admits Dale Steyn 

England vs India 2018: Have been a big fan of Ishant for a long time, admits Dale Steyn
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Dale Steyn, the fast bowler from South Africa, has revealed that he has for long, admired team India pacer Ishant Sharma to bowl consistently in non-assisting tracks.

Meanwhile, Ishant has served the Indian cricket for long with his sheer hard work, and passion. Steyn was Ishant’s teammate at the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.

I have been a big fan of Ishant (Sharma) for a very long time. Played with him at the Sunrisers, saw what he was capable of doing back then. I always felt that he was very unlucky because India played at one point they played a lot of Test matches at home in a row and those wickets are not assisting towards fast bowlers,” Dale Steyn said to bcci.tv.

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The veteran Proteas pacer also admitted that he has stood up when India required their pacers to do well.

He has maintained focus and fitness to be able to come on a tour like this when the fast bowlers are really needed and stood up. I am very happy that he has achieved the things he has done and played County as well to prepare him for this summer,” Steyn added.

Dale Steyn shared high praise for Jasprit Bumrah

He also heaped praise on Jasprit Bumrah, appreciating how the 24-year-old complements his quirky action and raw pace with incredible skill and control over the ball.

England v India 2018, Jasprit Bumrah
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Some of the Indian quicks coming through are Bumrah – you speak to any international batter and he’ll tell you he’s difficult to face. Strange action runs in and generates a lot of pace. And he’s got incredible skill – we saw him get Keaton Jennings dismissal (in the fourth Test), couple of balls away and without playing a shot, one that nipped back in.”

He’s young and he’s got the skill, and he’s got pace. What more can you ask for,” Dale Steyn concluded.

Ishant Sharma is the highest wicket-taker for India in the ongoing series with 15 scalps to his name. Bumrah, on the other hand, has played two games and has managed to get 11 wickets already.

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