India pacer Ishant Sharma is expected to play for the country in his 100th national Test match in the third Test of the ongoing series against England, from Wednesday, but the fast bowler said his focus was on helping the team win.
The four-match series between India and England currently stands at 1-1 and both teams will close the gap on the Test-ball ball Test at Motera Stadium from Wednesday. While Ishant was expected to play his 100th match, he became the third Indian player to take 300 wickets in Test cricket earlier in the series. In all, he became the sixth Indian to do so.
“If your career is 14 years old and you’re still playing, you can’t say just one thing. It’s hard to pinpoint just one brilliance, every athlete has a graph that goes up and down. I can’t say about that one thing that has taken. Obviously, it’s fun to play 100 Tests. Khan, I learned from his hard work. I told everyone who plays for the team that if you continue to work physically, the rewards will come, “Ishant said during a press conference on Monday.
Ishant had made his first Test match under the leadership of Rahul Dravid and has thrown unforgettable spells like the one he faced England at Lord in 2014 as he finished with a 7-74 score. During his first visit to Australia in 2007-08, Ishant cast a famous magic spell on Ricky Ponting.
Captain Anil Kumble had asked Ishant – “Ek aur over dalega (he will give someone more), and Ishant had replied:” Haan dalunga (yes, I will put it). As the fate would have been, Ishant went on to take the Ponting wicket in the next over.
He said that when he went to Australia in 2007-08 in Australia, he was also young and he was just focused on throwing bowling. He said that he didn’t think much, as we threw home cricket, he has also followed the same. Over the years, he has learned to be in different situations. He always had the motivation to make the team win. , until the day he plays, he will play for the same purpose. Personal symbols may be present, when you are about to leave your job you can see but these are just numbers for me, He is also not playing numbers, he is just playing to win.
Asked if the absence of white cricket had increased his life on the shelf in a very long format, Ishant replied: “I like to play white cricket, a player has a job to play, this is very little they can do. If I am not playing white cricket, it should not affect my Test cricket.I have to be thankful for how many games I have played in Tests.I think only this.I do not think that if I had played all three forms, I would not have played 100 Tests.I would have gotten the game late, but I would have played 100 Tests.
“I think about one game at a time, I don’t think about the future. I understand my body and what kind of training I need to do. By now, I understand that as you grow older, you need to think about recovery process. I take care of myself, everything has paid off for me. “You understand me but it’s another way. It’s important to know what the captain wants from me, when this communication is done, it makes things a lot easier,” he added.
India secured a 317-point victory over England in the second Test of the ongoing four-match series. As a result, the series has drawn 1-1 and the Virat Kohli-led side have also reached second place in the World Test Championship (WTC) standings.
India is still in contention for the final of the ICC World Test Championship. A win in Chennai on Tuesday lifted India to second place with 69.7 per cent on the points table but they could not lose another match as they need to win 2-1 or 3-1 to qualify for the first championship final.
England, who led the table after winning the opening Test, dropped to fourth place by 67.0 percent. They may still qualify, but with that, they have to win both of the remaining games of the series against India.