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  1. Here is an excellent article summarizing Ishant Sharma and his travails in test cricket. https://www.thequint.com/voices/opinion/ishant-sharma-career-summary
  2. http://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/97268/ishant-sharma-to-lead-delhi-in-upcoming-ranji-season Ishant Sharma receives a lot of flak here on ICF despite being most experience workhorse for team India for nearly a decade. Granted he regressed as a bowler in India off late, but he has improved a lot in overseas conditions. Let us hope that Ishant gets his due and makes a comeback to team India after an inspired performance in this Ranji season.
  3. Source: http://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/ipl-2017-10/i-dont-want-to-be-branded-as-a-test-specialist-says-ishant-sharma-commenting-on-his-role-as-a-senior-pacer-in-the-squad-he-said-i-dont-see-too-much-into-it-but-there-is-a-responsibility-with-the/ Ishant Sharma claimed that in India if a bowler has one poor series then he is branded suitable only for one format, which is highly unfair. As far as his bowling is concerned Ishant Sharma said that he prefers to keep things simple and back his strengths. (Source: BCCI) On the eve of Kings XI Punjab’s crucial match against Rising Pune Supergiant in Pune, the men in red are leaving no stone unturned to ensure a victory and subsequently have shot at qualifying for the playoffs. At the end of a lengthy net session pacer, Ishant Sharma spoke to the indianexpress.com and stated the importance of the upcoming tie against RPS and most importantly revealed why he doesn’t want to be known as a Test match specialist. While Ishant’s record has been comparatively better in the longer format of the game, the 28-year-old lanky pacer isn’t happy with the tag of being a specialist in Test cricket. “Yes, I know that I haven’t done well in T20’s but that doesn’t mean I want to play only Test cricket. In my earlier interviews, I had meant to say it is one of my strengths but it was interpreted in another way. I don’t want to be branded as a Test specialist. If you see my ODI record it’s not a bad record. So it’s nothing like I only wish to play T20’s or ODI or Test.” “But this is the bad thing of in our country – If you have one bad series or if you have not performed well in 2-4 games, then you are branded as a bowler suitable only for one format. But I think it all depends on how you feel about yourself rather than what others think about you. I always keep believing in myself and that is important for me. It doesn’t bother me with what assumptions are being made. If you do well then people will praise you and if you don’t you have to face criticism. That is the part and parcel of a being professional sportsman.” As far as his bowling is concerned Ishant said that he prefers to keep things simple and back his strengths. “The most important thing is to keep focus and execute the plans that you have made against the batsman,” he added. As far as variations are concerned Ishant revealed that sometimes along with Mohit Sharma he keeps talking about it. “But in this format, you don’t have much time to develop those skills as everything happens so fast. So it is difficult to develop skills quickly. However, we have been trying to add new things in every game.” Commenting on his role as a senior pacer in the squad he said,” I don’t see too much into it. But there is a responsibility with the experience that I have. On the field, we (bowlers) keep reminding each other of the plans that we have made against the batsman and try to execute them.” Meanwhile, when asked as to what galvanised KXIP to change their fortunes and bring about a brilliant run of form, he said,”The big reason behind our success is that we played as a team. We are not dependent on any particular player and did well in the crunch moments of the match which brought about positive results.” “I just hope we repeat the same against RPS”, he concluded. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- While I respect Ishant the test bowler and his contribution in away test matches in the recent past, Ishant Sharma rates himself too high of himself and goes nowhere. I hope KXIP does not pick him up and not hand over the match to Pune on a platter (going by his recent IPL form at least). Not even Dinda from their side may be sufficient to make up for it.

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