IPL 2019: I Have Been Working Hard on my Variations – Ishant Sharma
Delhi Capitals (DC) fast bowler Ishant Sharma who provided with a brilliant start against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens urged his batters to take time initially before going after the bowlers.
Meanwhile, Ishant Sharma bowled a wicket-maiden in the first over after Shreyas Iyer opted to field first. He bowled debutant Joe Denly with a fast bowler’s dream delivery. The ball came in after pitching and snicked through the bat and pad to disturb the timber. Since then, Shubman Gill and Robin Uthappa played their shots despite Ishant keeping things tight from one end. Delhi Capitals picked quick wickets in the middle over, but a late resurgence from Andre Russell helped them post 178 runs at the end of 20 overs.
Ishant Sharma who returned with one for 21 in his full quota including a maiden said that they didn’t expect to happen. He also added that he was taking confidence from the Test series and admitted that he is working hard on his variations.
“We don’t really expect that in the first over – a wicket off the first ball and a maiden; obviously a good feeling. I’m just taking the confidence from whatever I did in the Test series. I have been working hard on my variations. That’s the reason I’m coming out pretty well,” Ishant Sharma said.
We need to be patient during chase: Ishant
It shouldn’t be a daunting task for the Delhi Capitals, but Ishant Sharma warned his teammates beforehand. He urged them to be patient at the start which will make things easy in the end. He also feels that the dew will play a significant role which will make the job of the bowlers tough.
“Take your time initially, the Kookaburra ball will swing only for two balls. After that, it’s a batsman’s game. Dew will play a big role as well. Sunil Narine is not playing for them,” he concluded.
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