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IPL 2014: Ishant Sharma believes wickets in UAE similar to others in Asia

Ishant Sharma said he is confident with his bowling and hopefully will do well for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2014 © IANS
Ishant Sharma said he is confident with his bowling and hopefully will do well for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2014 © IANS

Hyderabad: April 11, 2014

Having missed out on the recent ICC World T20 2014 and Asia Cup 2014 action, lanky pacer Ishant Sharma is fit and raring to go for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the seventh edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) starting on April 16 in Abu Dhabi.

“Obviously, you feel bad when you are not part of the T20 World Cup. It is a big tournament. But, it is not in my hand. If I am playing Test cricket or wherever I am playing, I have to do well in those conditions and that particular format,” Ishant told PTI in Hyderabad.

Ishant, who did a splendid job for Hyderabad in the last edition, hopes to put up a good show in the new season as well.

“Obviously, I am looking forward to do well in the new season. I am bowling well. I am in good rhythm. I played in domestic Twenty20, bowled well, took some wickets. I am confident with my bowling and hopefully I will do well for the Sunrisers this time as well,” he said.

Replying to a query on UAE wickets, he said the pitch conditions are the same anywhere in Asia and execution of plans is a crucial aspect in the shortest format.

“I think the wicket will be the same. It does not matter whether you play in India or UAE, wickets will be the same in Asia. You should know where you need to bowl in T20 formats. You don’t need to see how the wicket is going to behave. You just need to execute your plans well. That’s it,” he said.

Looking to make a comeback to the national fold, Ishant is not setting any personal goals for himself as that, he believes, would create unnecessary pressure.

“I don’t set personal goals for myself. Because in doing so you end up putting pressure on yourself. In T20 cricket one needs to react according to the situation,” he said.

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