Ishant Sharma improving skills under Joe Dawes

Ishant Sharma bowls as Team India’s bowling coach Joe Dawes looks on during a training session © AFP

Ranchi: Jan 20, 2013

India pacer Ishant Sharma, who is being considered as the leader of the pace attack in absence of senior pros like Zaheer Khan, revealed on Sunday that he has been working with bowling coach Joe Dawes on many fronts to improve his skills.

Ishant told the BCCI’s official portal, “I have been working on so many things, like fitness and everything. I did so many things with bowling coach Joe Dawes. He has helped me quite a lot with my bowling. Getting stronger is the most important thing about being a fast bowler and the hard work that you need to do being a fast bowler is important.”

He added, “Then the skill preparations – to bowl the yorkers, to bowl the slower one, to develop a new stock delivery to use at a certain time – all those things you are working with the bowling coach and then you get to know how these things are important for your career.”

Ishant says he doesn’t consider himself the senior-most fast bowler, but he is always ready to help the other bowlers.

“I don’t think I am the senior fast bowler in the team because everyone is of a similar age, though I have played more matches and I have played with other boys as well. And whatever help they need from me, I am always there and then the bowling coach is there. There is good communication between each other. I think is a good thing for being a good bowling unit,” Ishant said.

Having bundled out England for paltry totals of 158 and 155 in the second and third ODI respectively, Ishant says the bowling department has been able to execute the plans effectively.

Indian bowlers turned up with an inspired show at in the third tie Ranchi to bowl out England for 155 in 42.2 overs, playing a key role in India’s emphatic seven-wicket win.

Ishant said, “We have a young bowling attack and we don’t have much experience but we are working hard in our bowling and developing our skills and whatever’s needed in certain situations. And we make sure we execute the plans that we discuss in the team meetings. Obviously, we are executing those plans so it is good for the team and the fast bowlers as well.”

“We don’t think about the results, we think about the process. We are just doing our process, whatever we need to do in a certain situation and result takes care of itself. Obviously, we are doing the process right. Cricket is a funny game and you don’t know what’s going to happen next. But as I said, if you do your process right in cricket, then you do the right things,” he shared.

The lanky right-arm pacer said he was satisfied with his performance in the third ODI, wherein he picked the key wickets of Kevin Pietersen and Joe Root.

“Wicket is always a wicket, whether it is Pietersen or whoever. But yes, Kevin Pietersen is the main batsman in the team when it comes to middle order. So when we took that wicket at that time, the momentum was with us. So it is crucial to take it, I am proud of it,” he said.