Indian speedster, Ishant Sharma is planning a return to the ODI team and wants to be part of a world cup winning team. Ishant Sharma is one of the most capped test fast bowler in the Indian team, however, he has only played 80 ODIs. The pacer still is eying a return to the format and hopes to get a place in the World Cup team and hopefully winning it too. Ishant Sharma last played an ODI back in January 2016. He has a decent record in the 50 over format bagging 115 wickets at an average of 30.98.
Team India last played an ODI in their away tour of New Zealand wherein they were absolutely thrashed by the hosts. India had registered a thumping victory in the T20I series and had clean swept the Kiwis. However, the BlackCaps bounced back and clean-swept Indian in the ODI and Test series.
Ishant Sharma Opens Up On His Desire Of Being In A World Cup Winning Squad
Now, one of India’s most improved pacers in the recent years, Ishant Sharma, has expressed his willingness to represent the India National Cricket Team in an ODI World Cup.
“Obviously, I would love to play in a World Cup,” he said in an interview with ESPNcricinfo, “Actually, I want to be part of a World Cup-winning team, as it will be a different feeling altogether. We are playing the World Test Championship, which is equivalent to a World Cup in Test cricket, but you realise that not a lot of people follow it, while an ODI World Cup is widely followed,” Ishant Sharma added.
31 year old, Sharma has had magnificent last two years of test cricket which has improved his average. He has 297 wickets in 97 games at an average of 32.39. Ishant is just shy of 3 wickets to the 300 wicket club. Ishant is never bothered by the stats as long as he has good communication with the captain, said the pacer.
Ishant Sharma Reveals The Kind Of Support He Has Received From MS Dhoni
Ishant, in his interview, has also talked about former Indian skipper MS Dhoni’s influence on his game and how much support has Dhoni bestowed upon him over the years.
“MS Dhoni has always backed me,” Sharma said. “Even after my first 50-60 Tests, he never said we’ll look for someone to replace you. To tell you the truth, even after playing 97 Tests, I still don’t understand things like average and strike rate! I’ve never bothered about these things,” Ishant Sharma added.
“If I’m not able to understand them, why should I rely on them? It’s just a number after all. If I am bowling in India and the captain tells me to bowl in a way that I concede only 40 runs in 20 overs and that the spinners will take care of picking up wickets, that’s what is important to me. It doesn’t matter to me that my bowling average is around 37. My communication will be with my captain and that’s why Dhoni backed me,” he further added.
Ishant will be playing in the upcoming Indian Premier League for Delhi Capitals. The tournament is being played in UAE from September 19 to November 10.