Ishant Sharma, who became the second Indian fast bowler to play 100 Test matches after Kapil Dev, said his Test career was too long and the captain understood what he wanted from him. At the age of 18, Ishant made his Test debut against Bangladesh under the leadership of Rahul Dravid. He then played under the leadership of Anil Kumble, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane. Asked which captain could understand him better, he said in a virtual press conference before the third Test against England, “It’s hard to tell who understands me, but everyone understands me.” How much I understand the Captain is more important than how much I understand the Captain.
He said that what the captain wants from me is very important. Conversation becomes easier when it becomes clear. Ishant, who has taken 302 wickets in 99 Tests so far, is not part of the limited overs team and has been out for some time in the IPL. Asked if it would be helpful to boost his career in Test cricket, he said, “I consider it a blessing in curse.
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“I don’t want the lack of selection in ODIs to affect the performance of Test cricket,” he said. At least I should be grateful that I am playing a format. “If I play all three formats, this does not mean that I will not be able to play a hundred Tests. Maybe it will take some time. I’m thinking about the World Test Championship final.
“It is my World Cup and winning it is a one-day World Cup winning experience,” he said. Asked if Jimmy Anderson, 38, could do it, Ishant replied, “I only think about one match at a time. You don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m more professional about recovery now. It is important to take care of the body.
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